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Technical Research Asst I - Functional genetics lab

The Functional genetics lab utilizes in vitro and in vivo models to evaluate the function of genetic variants associated with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The TRAI will be an active participant in experimental research and will have the opportunity to present his/her lab work. He/she will work independently, and perform non-routine, highly specialized experiments. Also participate in the modification of research protocols.
  1. Execute molecular biology experiments and optimize and archive protocols for lab use; write new and update existing protocols.
  2. Responsible for coordination of assigned projects, including quality assurance, preparing data reports, prioritizing time to meet deadlines, and maintaining detailed and accurate laboratory notebooks and other records.
  3. Prepares reagents, solutions and buffers for use in procedures.
  4. Under supervision of Research Laboratory Director and Specialist, establishes new and modifies existing research techniques.
  5. All other duties as assigned.
  1. BS or BA required; preferred in Biological Science.
  2. Experience with molecular cloning, plasmid extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, cell culture and transfection is desirable.
  3. Experience with reporter assay, CRISPR is desirable.
  1. Ability to pay attention to details and to be precise.  Sound analytical and organizational skills.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, must be able to thoroughly document experiments, protocols, and data.  Must be able to logically structure tasks and set priorities. 
  3. Knowledge of cell biology and/or molecular biology typically obtained through a bachelors degree program in biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, or laboratory science.  Ability to identify potential problems, communicate and troubleshoot them effectively.
  4. Must be able to operate and maintain delicate electronic equipment and safely use and dispose of toxic chemicals and biohazards materials.