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Research Assistant I, II, or III – Biology, Ecology, and Evolution of Aging and Maternal Effects

Posted by , on 27 August 2019

Closing Date: 15 March 2021


The Marine Biological Laboratory seeks a highly motivated individual to join the laboratory of Dr. Kristin Gribble in the position of Research Assistant I, II, or III.  The successful applicant will contribute to our projects on the biology of aging, maternal effects on offspring health and lifespan, life history, evolution, and ecology using an aquatic invertebrate model system. The Gribble lab is housed within the Josephine Bay Paul Center, a collaborative research group addressing questions of microbial diversity, molecular evolution, and comparative genomics. Information about our research may be found at:

Additional Information:    

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, designing and conducting experiments, rotifer and phytoplankton culture, PCR, qPCR, protein extraction and analysis, microscopy, data entry and analysis, and general laboratory maintenance and organization. This position requires occasional work on weekends to accomplish long-term life table experiments. The position will be for one year but may be extended beyond this period contingent upon progress and funding.

Basic Qualifications: 

Applicants should have a B.A./B.S., or M.A/M.S. in biology, cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field. This position requires an independent, organized, and self-motivated individual with robust problem-solving skills. Excellent written, verbal, and 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 one or more years of experience working in a research laboratory and will be familiar with standard laboratory practices and equipment. Previous experience with DNA, RNA, and protein extractions; next-generation sequencing library construction; PCR and qPCR; protein analysis; RNAi; microscopy; and bioinformatics is preferred. An understanding of basic molecular biology concepts is important.


Please apply on the MBL website and provide the following required documents:

  1. Cover letter describing your interests, skills, prior research experience, and motivation for joining the lab;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. The names and contact information for three references (Please do not send letters at this time; we will contact references directly).
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