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Research Assistant/Associate – Rotifer Genome Editing

Posted by , on 27 August 2019

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Position Summary: The Marine Biological Laboratory seeks a motivated, creative and innovative Research Assistant or Research Associate to join the laboratories of Kristin Gribble and David Mark Welch in the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution. Our research combines comparative genomics, biochemistry, and life history to study aging, maternal effects, and DNA damage prevention and repair using rotifers, a novel aquatic invertebrate model system for studies of aging, neurobiology, genome evolution, and ecology. The successful candidate will develop genome editing techniques in rotifers, including CRISPR/Cas9, as part of a broad initiative at the MBL to advance new aquatic and marine models for biological discovery.  Research will take place in the Bay Paul Center, with extensive DNA sequencing and bioinformatic resources, and in the NSF-funded Genome Editing Facility in the Marine Resources Center, where MBL scientists are developing new genetic and genomic tools for a wide range of marine invertebrates.  We invite individuals with experience in genome editing in other animals to join this expanding program.

Basic Qualifications:  Research Assistant applicants should have a B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree in biology, cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field.  Research Associate applicants should hold a Ph.D. or have commensurate laboratory experience.  This position requires proficiency and previous experience in molecular biology, microscopy, microinjection, and CRISPR/Cas9 methodology.  We are seeking an independent, organized, enthusiastic, and productive individual with robust problem solving skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic are essential. Position level and salary will depend upon education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have working familiarity with RNAi and transgenic protocols. Proficiency in bioinformatics is a plus. Previous experience in established animal model or in non-model systems is preferred.

Physical Requirements: Ability to work with biohazardous chemicals using proper personal protective equipment. Occasional lifting of heavy objects (<30 lbs).

Special Instructions:  Please apply on the MBL website and submit the following three items with your application:

(1) Cover letter describing your experience, research goals, specific interest in joining our group, and what you would contribute to the project
(2) CV/resume
(3) Contact information for 3-4 references (Please do not send letters at this time; we will contact references directly).

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