Research Assistant - Microbiology

09 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The laboratory of Dr. Ronald Breaker at Yale University is looking for a full-time research assistant in the area of microbiology. The Breaker laboratory is staffed with research scientists, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians who are pursuing the discovery and experimental validation of bacterial noncoding RNAs and engineered nucleic acids. The team of ~20 researchers and support staff is eager to recruit a new member to pursue some of the most exciting newly-discovered RNAs in bacteria. Among various technician duties, the research assistant will also work with laboratory members to culture and examine BSL1 and BSL2 bacterial species, create DNA constructs, generate genetic transformations, and conduct genetic screens to study the functions of various bacterial noncoding RNAs such as riboswitches and ribozymes. This position involves the collection of data, its analysis, and its preparation for publication in research journals, with appropriate opportunities for co-authorship.

Essential Duties

1. Researches and collects data through complex laboratory/ scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments. 2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. 3. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. Sets up, operates and maintains laboratory equipment and apparatus. 4. Formulates and prepares scientific solutions and media. Recruits study participants. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. 5. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May oversee and instruct research staff. 6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Proven ability to use of diverse common laboratory equipment, including but not limited to: centrifuge, spectrophotometer, pH meter, electrophoresis equipment, bacterial incubator, microbalance, PCR machine, and various imaging and analysis instruments.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to prepare reagents, buffers, bacterial culture media, and other reaction mixtures.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability with culturing, genetically transforming and analyzing BSL 1 and BSL 2 bacterial species.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to design and prepare DNA genetic constructs.

Required Skill/Ability 5: 

Proficiency in handling toxic or mutagenic chemicals and radioactive compounds. Ability to successfully complete training at Yale University at the start of the position in the areas of chemical, radiological and biological safety.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: 

B.S. or M.S. degree from a 4-year educational institution in the general area of biological or chemical sciences. Coursework in microbiology and biochemistry is desirable, and laboratory coursework in biology, chemistry, microbiology, or biochemistry will be advantageous.

Background Check Requirements 

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement: 

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