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GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Project title is: Identification of drugs to treat immunological tumors and autoimmunity
The goal of our research is to identify and characterize small molecule probes to map structure-function relationship of key signaling molecules of lymphocytes. Some of these probes will be used to block lymphocyte survival and function, to treat lymphoid tumors and abnormal lymphocyte expansion and associated hyper-inflammation of autoimmune disorders (e.g. Type 1 Diabetes, Rhematoid Arthristis). This individual will work closely with the laboratory Principle Investigators and senior scientists in conducting original biomedical research in the field of immunology. In addition to experimentation, the Technician’s duties will include managing laboratory supplies (inventorying stock, placing orders, and verifying receipt), assisting with equipment maintenance, attending and participating in group and project meetings.
The applicant should be highly motivated to learn and contribute to research progress, with strong communication skill. Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or a related field is required. Experience as a research technician with cell culture and/or basic molecular biology techniques including cloning and PCR are preferred but not required. This is an ideal position for students applying to graduate or medical school programs in 2-3 years as the position includes opportunity and time allocated, if desired by the candidate, to participate in graduate level coursework. Alternatively, the skill set acquired in an academic setting will also provide opportunities for industry positions.
Candidates should attach a cover letter with their application including contact information for references.
Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Laboratory Technician I, performs a variety of specimen preparatory techniques, dry lab data collection, and routine laboratory maintenance.
Perform a variety of laboratory experiments using both routine and special techniques and methods
Assist in more complex laboratory tasks
Collect, analyze, and process laboratory samples
Record results, organize data, and perform basic computations
Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment
Comply with all safety and infection control standards
Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science or equivalent experience
Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
Ability to perform duties independently
Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems
Laboratory experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and/or immunology
Experience with or willingness to work with animal models a plus
Experience with high throughput screening a plus, but not required
Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens.