TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), to join a team of three laboratories developing novel two- and three-dimensional models for human infectious diseases. Will perform laboratory research including growing and differentiating human embryonic stem cells and human-induced pluripotent stem cells that are subsequently infected with human viruses to experimentally explore host-pathogen interactions; conduct standard (gel electrophoresis and thermal cycling quantification of nucleic acids using polymerase chain reaction technology) and specialized (growth, storage, and differentiation of multiple human cell types from human embryonic stem cells and human-induced pluripotent stem cells; use of immunohistochemistry or fluorescence activated cell sorting to identify specific biomarkers that define specific cell types) laboratory techniques; collect data from experiments, improve protocols, and analyze data using statistical software; present data analysis at lab meetings; coordinate multiple research-related projects; act as key stem cell technical contact and coordinate the availability of key reagents used in experiments conducted by the three laboratories; and prepare complex mixtures of cell culture media for reproducible results.
REQUIRED: B.S. in a field related to biology, chemistry, or bioengineering; related laboratory experience; at least two years’ specialized lab experience; experience with sterile technique and cell culture; excellent communication skills; ability to work productively as team member; strong organizational skills in order to inventory all cells and record passage numbers; strong critical-thinking skills; attention to detail; self-direction/motivation; and ability to respond to a rapidly evolving work environment involving concurrent projects/responsibilities. Experience working with stem cells preferred. Virus work and a virology background also preferred; as is laboratory experience in mammalian cell culture and flow cytometry. Experience in the pharmaceutical industry desirable.
This is a one-year appointment with possibility of renewal contingent upon grant funding.
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