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Marine Biological Laboratory Research Assistant II - Temporary (6 months) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts


Position Summary

The Eugene Bell Center seeks a highly motivated individual to join the laboratory of Dr. Duygu Özpolat as a full-time, temporary (6 months) Research Assistant (II). The successful candidate will perform his/her independent project under the PI’s supervision, assist the PI with experiments and with performing general lab maintenance tasks. Özpolat Lab studies germline regeneration in marine and freshwater segmented worms. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to scientific publications as an author, and to be trained in some of the current best practices such as genome-editing using CRISPR/Cas9, microinjections, and live-imaging. These will provide the applicant with solid research accomplishments; an excellent opportunity for those planning to apply for graduate school or medical school.

Additional Information

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, assisting the PI with experiments including molecular biology techniques (such as PCR, cloning, etc), microinjections for genome-editing, live-imaging, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, data analysis, animal care, lab maintenance and organization, purchasing, and administrative tasks. The projects may require occasional working on the weekends, and weekday evenings for animal care and live-imaging. Position is available immediately for six months, with a possibility of extension further.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should have an B.A./B.S. in biology, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, or a related field, and a Master’s Degree in a related field. Because this position involves transgenic animal culture maintenance as well as lab managing components, we are seeking a candidate with extraordinary organizational skills, extraordinary attention to detail, and ability to work independently. Position level and salary will depend on education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have one or more years of experience working in a research laboratory, and will have familiarity with standard laboratory practices and equipment. A good understanding of genetics and having experience in maintaining crosses and breeding genetic study organisms is a plus. An understanding of basic molecular biology concepts is important. Previous experience in R programming language, PCR, gene cloning, DNA and RNA extraction, plasmid preparation, microscopy, marine animal husbandry is preferred. The PI will provide the successful candidate with other necessary advanced trainings (such as microinjections and microscopy imaging).

Physical Requirements

Occasional lifting of heavy objects (<30 pounds).

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)