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Research Assistant I - Laboratory of Genetics, Dr. Dmitry Lyumkis

Employer
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Location
La Jolla, CA
Closing date
Aug 9, 2022

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Sector
Science, Life Sciences, Genetics, Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type
Corporate
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Description
The Research Assistant I is responsible for research support and some lab management duties in support of the Principal Investigator's (PI) studies along with duties involving molecular biology, biochemistry, protein production, purification, and some tissue culture work. Duties include performing basic molecular biology and biochemical experiments for protein production, purification, and for biochemical assays in support of research projects, assisting the postdoctoral associates with experimental design and direction, supervising and assisting with training of junior lab staff (junior technicians, students and volunteers), as necessary. Incumbent is also responsible for assisting with general laboratory duties, equipment upkeep and repair, ensuring compliance with all Salk policies, and working with collaborators to achieve specific research goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

(90%) Research Support
  • General protein production and purification for a variety of projects
  • Work with different systems for protein production, including mammalian, Insect cell, and E. coli. Utilize different expression protocols, generate recombinant baculovirus, maintain and passage cells in tissue culture environment.
  • Perform various techniques in molecular biology such as: DNA extraction and analysis, western blotting, PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, etc.
  • Use of a variety of equipment for protein purification, including the Akta FPLC, a gradient station, and preparatory cell.
  • Employ different purification protocols, including for size exclusion chromatography, ion exchange chromatography, affinity purification, gradients, and others as per research demands.
  • Perform biochemical binding assays, activity assays, evaluating formation of protein complexes.
  • Writes laboratory protocols for experiments and ensures their compliance within the laboratory.

(10%) Lab Support
  • Assisting with stocking, ordering, maintaining, and keeping track of resources, chemicals, and supplies; assists with maintaining inventory.
  • Assisting with performing regular maintenance and calibration of equipment; ensuring equipment is operational; assisting with instrument repairs when necessary.
  • Assisting with cleanups
  • Training of incoming or lower-level staff, as appropriate
  • Communication with vendors and Salk personnel, operational and procedural
  • Trains staff on specific molecular biology and related techniques. Trains laboratory personnel in proper use of laboratory equipment and equipment maintenance. Assists in hiring process of new staff.
  • Maintains logbooks for major equipment (e.g. FPLC)

EXPERIENCE

Required:
  • No professional experience required with relevant degree

Preferred:
  • 1-2 years of experience in a lab with a biochemistry background

EDUCATION

Required:
  • Bachelor's degree in biological or chemical sciences.

Preferred:
  • Specific interests and advanced skills in biochemical methods

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required:
  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of molecular biology or biochemistry techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize experimental work
  • Ability to perform complex experiments and techniques with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.
  • Ability to execute experiments and debug protocols, with help from supervisor.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
  • Organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities and able to prioritize.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.

Preferred:
  • Theoretical and hands-on experience with tissue culture work

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute's background investigation.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/MENTAL ACTIVITIES/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

The incumbent in this position will constantly be handling, seeing, sitting, touching/feeling, analyzing, calculating, reasoning, and working indoors.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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