Research Specialist I

Requisition # 2021-13429
Date Posted 2 months ago(10/5/2021 12:30 PM)
Molecular Biology
Research and Laboratory
Job Type
Name of Lab
LTL Teaching Lab


Throughout the year, the Lewis Thomas Teaching Laboratory Research Specialist will aid in the planning and preparations for all laboratory sessions, including ordering equipment and supplies, preparing and testing reagents before dispensing for student use, maintaining functional equipment (ranging from micropipettes to analytical balances to microscopes), and maintaining a safe and productive laboratory (keeping inventories, restocking, handling chemical waste, organizing and cleaning). 




This individual will test and optimize existing laboratory protocols as well as aid in the development of new procedures for two molecular biology courses (MOL101; MOL 320). The Research Specialist will be responsible for maintenance and culture of E. coli, Drosophila, C. elegans, planaria, as well as other model systems as they are introduced into the course.  They will also be responsible for maintenance of frozen stocks, preparation of competent cells, purification of plasmid and genomic DNA, restriction enzyme digests and agarose gel electrophoresis of nucleic acids and recombinant DNA techniques, dissection of model systems, immunohistochemistry and SDS gel electrophoresis.


During class sessions, the Research Specialist will be following daily laboratory protocols to set up reagents, equipment and supplies in addition to the timely clean-up and breakdown of laboratory after each session.


Clerical duties include maintenance of all course records including student information, attendance, grade sheets, and all correspondence using Google Suites, Word, Excel, Outlook, and the Learning Management System, Canvas.  Maintenance of lab "prep" and "sequence of events" sheets. 




-Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline plus one-year lab experience

-Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to be a flexible team member

-Ability to work on parallel projects simultaneously

-Knowledge of basic molecular biology laboratory techniques such as micropipetting (e.g. accurately aliquoting reagents), restriction enzyme analysis, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, microbial manipulations, sub-cloning, reporter assays, western blots, qPCR, analysis of sequencing results, and immunofluorescence

-Willingness to learn how to work with and dissect invertebrate model organisms

-Ability to calculate molarity, weight to volume measurements, etc. for accurate reagent and buffer preparation

-Ability to comprehend daily laboratory protocols and set up reagents, equipment, supplies

-Ability to maintain the laboratory including inventory and restocking of supplies

-Ability to maintain equipment

-Attention to detail, including laboratory safety and cleanliness

-Ability to perform timely clean-up and breakdown of laboratory after each session

-Demonstrated organizational and record keeping skills

-Basic computer skills (Google suites, Word, Excel)


Preferred Qualifications


- 2-3 years’ prior lab experience

-Knowledge of chemical hazards (e.g., compatibility for chemical waste, when to use protective clothing, etc.)

-Knowledge of use and care of compound microscopes;

-Experience with microscopy and digital imaging;

-Familiarity with a variety of model systems (e.g. fruit flies, planeria, worms, fish, bacteria, yeast, etc.)


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

90 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required




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