The Tissue Regeneration Laboratory within the Biology Department at Wake Forest University is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for the position of Lab Manager / Research Assistant to support our work uncovering mechanisms of tissue regeneration in axolotl salamanders. The primary tasks will include managing lab resources, caring for the lab’s axolotl colony, and undertaking research. The candidate will be involved in setting up our lab as it launches at Wake Downtown. Wake Downtown is located in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, adjacent to the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM). Winston-Salem boasts a phenomenal cost of living, a thriving arts scene as the home to the North Carolina School of the Arts, and is only a few hours’ drive to either the Outer Banks or the Blue Ridge Parkway/Smoky Mountains.
The candidate will be responsible for managing lab inventories, implementing safety protocols, maintaining and caring for axolotls and their facility, and conducting lab work such as PCR genotyping, RNA and DNA extractions, molecular cloning, creating transgenic axolotls, and fluorescence microscopy. The candidate should be motivated to gain proficiency at troubleshooting experiments, analyzing data, and communicating results. Opportunities exist for independent research and mentorship toward next professional steps (e.g. postbac to grad/med school). The candidate should minimally have a Bachelor’s degree and a fundamental understanding of molecular biology, including hands-on research experience in cell and molecular biology or a related field. Experience working with animals, especially aquatic organisms, is appreciated but not required. Excellent organizational, record-keeping and collaborative interpersonal skills are essential.
This position has full benefits and is funded for two years, with the possibility of extension dependent upon lab funding. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience. We are intentional about building a diverse, inclusive, and supportive team of colleagues. More information about our lab values can be found here.
To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter expressing interest and highlighting relevant experience, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Josh Currie (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please reference “Tissue Regeneration Lab Manager / Research Assistant” in the subject line. Starting dates are flexible beginning from September 1st, 2020.