Research Associate 2 MS

Connecticut, United States
13 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

A research Associate position is available in the Berro Lab located in the Nanobiology Institute on Yale West Campus. The main focus of the lab is the study of the molecular mechanisms of force production and force sensing in sub-cellular processes, with a focus on clathrin-mediated endocytosis in fission yeast. The lab uses a cross-disciplinary approach combining genetics, cell biology, quantitative microscopy, biophysics and mathematical modeling.

The Research Associate will be in charge of developing new methods for high throughput genetics and quantitative microscopy imaging in fission yeast. On the longer term, s/he may adapt those tools to other organisms. S/he will apply those methods to answer questions related to sub-cellular processes where mechanics and biochemistry cross-talks. S/he will collect and analyze the data, prepare grants and publications. S/he will also train new lab members with the methods specific to the lab and support other lab members in their projects when needed. In collaboration with the PI, s/he will ensure smooth operation of the wet lab.

Essential Duties

  1. Designs, plans, implements and evaluates complex multifaceted research projects/systems, including method development, adaptation and validation.
  2. Collaborates with PI to define research endeavors and the development of research hypothesis and approach.
  3. Solves complex methodology, protocol, procedural and research problems through design of techniques, procedures and policies that will achieve research goals.
  4. Develops long range plans for supplies and equipment to ensure smooth operation of laboratory.
  5. Investigates, analyzes and evaluates complex data, data collection systems and methods to reach scientific conclusions and ensures the integrity of research data.
  6. Collaborates with PI to coordinate major lab renovations working with Facilities, Health and Safety, and Purchasing to ensure deadlines, safety standards and purchases are according to plans and within budgets.
  7. Prepares scientific reports and papers for research proposals and published reports.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

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

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated experience in molecular biology PCR, cloning, and sequencing.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to perform microscopy and quantitative image analysis, using ideally the ImageJ environment and/or programming language such as Matlab or Python.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Strong written and verbal communication.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated effectiveness working in a cross-disciplinary team with the ability to teach basic lab techniques.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience in biochemistry is a plus. PhD; postdoc or previous experience as lab manager or research associate preferred. Molecular biology and/or genetics. Microscopy. Experience in biochemistry preferred. Experience in quantitative data analysis and/or programing preferred.

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