Research Specialist I

Requisition # 2021-13630
Date Posted 1 month ago(10/29/2021 12:29 PM)
Molecular Biology
Research and Laboratory
Job Type
Name of Lab


The Brooks Laboratory seeks a highly motivated Research Specialist I for a full-time position beginning in February 2022. Broadly, the Brooks lab aims to understand how the biological timers in our bodies, known as circadian clocks, regulate immune functions. It is now established that our resistance to infection varies across the day-night cycle, and we seek to understand why.


The Research Specialist will process tissue for histological sections and perform microscopy to understand key cellular functions. The Brooks lab is supportive of all trainees, and values the input and contribution of all lab members. The work performed by the successful candidate will be central to the core projects of the lab and will result in co-authorship on high impact publications. 


This position is a two-year term with possibility of renewal.  Applications must include a resume and cover letter.


  1. Develop skills in microscopy. The successful candidate will learn to harvest and paraffin embed tissue, as well as, create and images slides using a fluorescent microscope. The successful candidate will also become adept with confocal and transmission electron microscopy.
  2. Develop skills in advanced molecular biology (PCR and cloning of vector constructs).
  3. Assist with mouse infections. In coordination with the PI, the Research Specialist will assist in the infection of various mouse models and the examination of infection outcomes.
  4. Participate in lab maintenance: assist in the ordering, shipping and receiving of lab reagents/supplies; assist in the organization of lab supplies; make buffers for lab use (PBS, TAE, SDS, etc.)


Essential Qualifications

  • Must be willing to work with mice
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2+ years’ experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Must be detail oriented and highly motivated
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility to adapt to the science and research needs of the lab
  • Proven time management and organizational skills
  • Intrinsically motivated by doing good work
  • Independent thinker


Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of molecular biology laboratory experience
  • Previous experience with fluorescent microscopy

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)


Comments Related to End Date

2 year term

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required




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