The Ayroles laboratory in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University seeks applicants for a Senior Research Specialist I position. Our group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the genetic basis for variation in complex traits addressing broad questions in evolutionary and medical genetics. We work with various Drosophila species as well as humans. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to supervise and carry out large-scale genomics projects and to oversee various lab activities. The Senior Research Specialist will also be responsible for the development and execution of research projects (which can lead to authorship on scientific publications).
The ideal candidate is one who seeks professional development as a scientist and is therefore interested in becoming familiar with the current scientific literature. The candidate will take ownership of their project and work semi-autonomously under the guidance of the PI and other group members. We also welcome the pursuit of an independent research project.
The position is open, and review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start as soon as possible. Salary will be commensurate with experience. This position offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive suite of benefits including health, retirement, and life insurance.
This will be a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding availability and satisfactory job performance.
Responsibilities will include:
- Drosophila maintenance, crossing, and screening.
- Molecular biology including DNA/RNA preparation, PCR, qRT-PCR, next generation sequencing.
- Lab organization, maintenance, and purchasing.
- Training new lab members on proper lab protocols and procedures.
- Participation in experimental design and execution of experiments.
- Participation in group meetings.
- Master’s or Ph.D. degree in biology, genetics, or related field.
- At least two years’ experience in a research laboratory working with a (broadly-defined) "model" genetic system such as Drosophila, C. elegans, mouse, Arabidopsis.
- Advanced experience with molecular biology procedures required, including PCR, DNA and RNA purification and DNA sequence analysis, and next generation sequencing techniques.
- Ability to troubleshoot and optimize protocols and manage projects.
- Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively
- Strong attention to detail and meticulous lab notebook keeping
- Excellent communication skills.
- Enthusiasm for evolutionary biology and/or genetics.
- Preference will be given to candidate with basic computational skills (e.g. database, processing next generation data).
The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.
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