Research Specialist I/II

Requisition # 2021-13620
Date Posted 4 weeks ago(11/2/2021 10:33 AM)
Department
Molecular Biology
Category
Research and Laboratory
Job Type
Full-Time
Name of Lab
Jimah

Overview

A full-time Research Specialist I/II position is available in the laboratory of Dr. John Jimah at Princeton University. We study the mechanisms of membrane remodeling processes in malaria and related parasites. We apply a multidisciplinary approach with tools from cell biology, biochemistry, and structural biology (cryo-electron microscopy and tomography) to investigate how parasite proteins enable cellular processes including endocytosis and the biogenesis of organelles. This position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a vibrant research program, and Dr. Jimah is a committed to fostering the career development of all members of the research group. This position will be within the Molecular Biology Department, an innovative, vibrant, collegial, collaborative, and excellent research environment. Princeton University is in an idyllic town midway between New York City and Philadelphia, with convenient train access to both cities.

Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the research specialist will be the maintenance of Plasmodium and Toxoplasma cultures and gene editing of parasites by CRISPR/Cas9. The research specialist will also have the opportunity to develop their own independent research project. Attention to detail, precision, good record keeping, organization, time-management and communication skills are essential. The research specialist will have the opportunity to learn a variety of molecular biology, biochemical/biophysical, and structural biology techniques in a collaborative, vibrant, and supportive environment.

Qualifications

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience with cell culture, Biosafety level 2 safety procedures.
  • Dependable; attention to detail; precision; good record keeping, organization, time-management and communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • A complete application must consist of: (1) a resume/CV, (2) a cover letter describing research interests and career goals (~1-2 pages and your GPA if you are a recent graduate) and (3) contact information for three professional references.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of experience with malaria and/or Toxoplasma parasites.
  • Gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy.
  • Experience with flow cytometry and western blotting.
  • Experience with expression and purification and purification of parasite proteins, including from heterologous systems.
  • Experience with molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology.
  • Ability to independently trouble-shoot experiments.

 

The position is available starting January 2022 with a negotiable start date. Although the initial appointment is for a two-year term, it is renewable contingent on satisfactory performance and/or career plans of the candidate.

 

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

36.25

Eligible for Overtime

Yes

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Probationary Period

90 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Comments Related to End Date

2 year term

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver's License Required

No

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