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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 15, 2021
The Martik lab is seeking a Lab Assistant 3 to supervise the preparation of and ordering of general lab supplies and reagents and to perform a variety of molecular, regenerative, and developmental biology techniques. Our laboratory studies the development of the neural crest in a variety of vertebrate research organisms including zebrafish and sea lamprey. We apply gene regulatory network approaches to understanding the differentiation of the neural crest into distinct derivatives and seek to understand how these gene networks evolve throughout vertebrate evolution, how they are reused in the adult to control tissue regeneration, and how they go awry to give rise to birth defects or pediatric cancers.
Supervise the ordering and maintenance of equipment. Order supplies and reagents as well as ensure low inventory is replaced in a timely manner.
Supervise work study students and provide instructions for the organization and preparation of lab solutions.
Organize lab stocks, reagents, making general solutions. Responsible for ensuring backup stocks are replaced and solutions are prepared when inventory is running low.
Perform genotyping of zebrafish lines and maintenance of breeding stocks. Perform routine genotyping by fin clipping adult animals and completing downstream molecular biology analyses for assessing genotypes. Ensure lines are propagated every year.
Perform routine laboratory research protocols unsupervised including: molecular cloning, confocal microscopy, microinjection, adult tissue surgeries, developmental biology techniques such as immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. Document all experimental results and maintain accurate, careful lab notes. Analyze data and report results to the PI.
Background or coursework in developmental and molecular biology
Once trained, employee must be able to work independently and unsupervised to perform required tasks
Demonstrates reliability and accountability
Can follow direction, pay attention to detail, and keep careful, accurate records
Strong planning and organization skills
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and three years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and two years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Familiarity with working with and handling aquatic animals (or willingness to learn)
Experience with confocal microscopy
Salary & Benefits
This an hourly paid (non-exempt) position. Rate will be commensurate with experience (stepped rates).
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