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Duties & Responsibilities
The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) was formed in 1997 when the Departments of Cancer Biology, Molecular and Cellular Toxicology and Tropical Public Health were merged. The department focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. Research in the department's 14 laboratories is primarily focused on diseases of developing countries.
The successful candidate will assist in research exploring the evolutionary genomics of malaria parasites and Anopheles mosquito vectors.
The responsibilities of the Research Assistant include but are not limited to:
- Performing molecular protocols preparatory to sequencing or genotyping samples, including DNA extraction, PCR or whole genome amplification, library construction, and DNA quantitation
- Development and optimization of genotyping assays for malaria parasites and Anopheles mosquitoes, including locus selection, primer design, and evaluation of assay performance from Illumina sequencing data
- Conducting tissue culture of P. falciparum, including preparation of media and culture reagents, long-term storage and retrieval of cell lines, culture adaptation of patient derived samples and subcloning, drug testing and other phenotypic assays, and isolation of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and protein samples
- Executing basic molecular biology techniques including gene cloning, transfection, and analysis of DNA, RNA and protein using standard laboratory techniques
- Carrying out of gene-editing activities using CRISPR or other approaches
- Managing samples and data with precision, and perform simple and routine computational activities to summarize biological data
-Other duties as assigned
The candidate is required to interact with a large variety of other staff and researchers including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and senior scientists. The candidate will present his/her work in group and laboratory meetings to update the Principal Investigator.
PLEASE NOTE: This position requires an occupational health screening.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2019, with the possibility of extension.
- 1 years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
- College coursework in Biology or related field strongly preferred
- Previous experience with vector-borne diseases a strong plus
- Knowledge of molecular biology methods preferred
- Tissue culture expertise is preferred
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills preferred
- Must possess a high level of initiative and work with little supervision. Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, communication skills, and multi-task. Good interpersonal skills and working in a team environment is expected.https://analytics.click2apply.net/vOdlL4lslZB21fornFkEOE>
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