The Purdy laboratory research focuses on the microbial pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). We use bacterial genetics and biochemistry to explore the pathogenic mechanisms and the basic physiology of M. tuberculosis.
We are looking for a Research Assistant 2 who can provide a full range of support, with general supervision, in a laboratory that uses bacteriology, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and cell culture assays.
Duties include molecular biology (gene cloning, sequencing); bacteriology (in vitro assays on pathogenic and/or non-pathogenic mycobacteria strains); biochemistry (protein expression and purification, western blotting, lipid analysis); cell culture (maintenance and passage of tissue culture cell lines). Other duties include basic laboratory management, such as ordering materials and supplies as needed, and maintenance of records and inventory.
Work is generally 40 hours per week during normal working hours, however, some evening and weekend work is necessary on occasion. This position requires handling infectious bacteria and working within a BSL3/ABSL3 laboratory. Additional safety training is required for work with pathogenic bacteria. Working with laboratory animals is required.
Bachelor's Degree with major courses in field of research / No Experience; OR Associate's Degree and 3 years of relevant experience
Organized, motivated, and capable of learning and following scientific protocols and working independently and with a team
Strong communication and oral presentation skills
Willing to be vaccinated against various pathogens as required by regulatory agencies and/or the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
Ability to join the National Select Agent Program as necessary including finger-printing for a FBI background check
BS in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology
1-3 years of experience in molecular biology and microbiology
Previous experience in bacterial pathogenesis, particularly with BSL3 and/or Select Agent pathogens
Previous experience in microbiology or immunology
Previous experience leading portions an independent research project
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