Research Assistant I – Investigating Microbial Protein Evolution with Functional Genomics
The Paul Lab at the MBL seeks a highly motivated individual to join the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution as a Research Assistant (Level I). The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out routine laboratory work as outlined below. Our research group is looking at the processes that diversify microbial genes, to better understand the functional significance of protein variation in cells and viruses from a variety of biomes.
This is a year-round, full time, non-exempt position.
The primary aim of the position is to maintain the molecular lab facilities and to assist in developing genetic experiments with bacteria/archaea primarily derived from marine and freshwater ecosystems. Responsibilities will include establishing and monitoring cell cultures, maintaining lab equipment, ordering lab supplies, and conducting basic molecular experiments.
A Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology or a related discipline is required. This position requires an independent, organized, and self-motivated individual with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to multitask. Prior experience in a research lab and applying basic molecular biology techniques is required. 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.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience with nucleic acid purification, PCR, and maintaining (bacterial/archaeal) cell cultures. An understanding of basic molecular biology concepts is important.
Minimal exposure to biohazardous chemicals. Occasional lifting of heavy objects.