Assistant Research Technician

California, United States
13 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to assist with projects in mammalian synthetic biology in the Elowitz lab at Caltech. The ideal applicant should be skilled in general molecular biology and cell culture techniques. The candidate must be organized, hard-working, and have excellent communication skills.

Job Duties

  • Molecular biology, including PCR, DNA cloning, and plasmid preparation.
  • Cell culture, including general cell culture maintenance, and cell line construction and verification.
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization and immunostaining.
  • Fluorescence microscopy, including live cell and fixed cell imaging.
  • Other duties as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field required by date of hire.
  • Biology research lab experience.
  • Ability to record, interpret, and report results with clarity.
  • Hands-on experience with basic molecular biology techniques, including PCR and restriction enzyme cloning.
  • Hands-on experience with mammalian tissue culture.
  • Motivation to learn and desire to read primary scientific literature.
  • Must possess a high level of initiative and the ability to work with little supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluorescence microscopy experience.
  • Computer programming experience (Matlab preferred).
  • Data analysis experience and quantitative skills.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter