Research Associate 1, MS

Connecticut, United States
24 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

This position is responsible for managing day to day operations. Under the direction of the PI but with latitude to exercise independent judgment, this position will have the role of planning research projects, designing experiments, training staff, ensuring all safety and research compliances are met, managing sponsored research awards, and managing a unique animal colony. The lab focuses on developing humanized mouse models recapitulating early B cell tolerance checkpoints and their defects in autoimmune settings such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and systemic sclerosis.

These allow now in-depth investigation of tolerance mechanisms and the development of novel approaches to restore defective central and peripheral B cell tolerance checkpoints to thwart autoimmunity. This humanized mouse model is also suitable for understanding autoimmune mechanisms induced by anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors in cancer patients. The successful candidate will investigate these humanized mouse models in combination with patient samples to answer fundamental questions regarding tolerance mechanisms and how to control them. Proficiency in cell culture, molecular biology and flow cytometry is required and excellent communication and writing skills are preferred.

Essential Duties

  1. Recommends the design and implementation of procedures and protocols under the direction of a higher-level authority.
  2. Investigates, analyzes, and reaches preliminary scientific conclusions related to research planning
  3. Ensures data results are compiled, analyzed, and presented properly.
  4. Analyzes, develops and interprets scientific results. Maintains clear documentation of results. Prepares scientific reports and papers for research proposals and published reports.
  5. Performs independent research and laboratory techniques and participates in experimental research planning.
  6. Interacts with internal contacts including the PI, research assistants, graduate students, Radiation Safety and Biological Safety officers, and Animal Care personnel to discuss and evaluate research results and to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the laboratory.
  7. Interacts with external contacts such as researchers at other institutions, staff at biotechnology and reagents companies to consult on research methods and to keep abreast of product information and developments.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a scientific discipline and one year experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability with cell culture, molecular biology and flow cytometry.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to manage budgets, supply inventory, purchase equipment and provide maintenance.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Ability to harvest mouse organs, extract cells and purify B and T cells using magnetic beads.

Background Check Requirements

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