Assistant Research Technician

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California,United States
06 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

This position is for a research assistant to assist a senior postdoc with a research project. The project concerns the functions of a network of interacting Drosophila neuronal cell surface proteins, the Dprs and DIPs. The experiments combine fly genetics, visualization of structures in the fly brain using antibodies and fluorescent probes, molecular biology, and functional imaging of neuronal activity.

Job Duties

  • Performing Drosophila genetic experiments, including fly crosses and stock maintenance.
  • Dissecting adult, pupal, and larval Drosophila brains and staining them with antibodies.
  • Using confocal microscopy to visualize structures in the brain.
  • Making plasmid constructs containing Drosophila genes of interest.
  • Performing experiments in which neuronal activity is monitored in intact flies using genetically encoded calcium indicators.
  • Assisting with general lab maintenance and production of common stocks, including Drosophila embryo collection plates, bacterial plates, and solutions.

*Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • BS degree in Biology or Chemistry
  • Previous experience working in a molecular biology or genetics laboratory

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in a Biology or health-related area.
  • A desire to pursue a PhD in Biology or Bio-Engineering.
  • Previous experience with Drosophila.

Supervisory position?


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