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Job Description:

The goal of the Vasudevan laboratory is to investigate the specialized gene expression program that promotes the persistence of clinically resistant cancer cells and develop RNA-based therapeutics to curtail disease persistence. Ongoing projects in the lab investigate the mechanisms of regulation of critical genes by RNA binding proteins, circular RNAs, nucleotide modifications, and ribosomes in resistant cancer cells and develop mRNA vaccines and other therapeutics, using human cell lines, stem cells, patient samples, and in vivo models.

The Research Assistant will assist the PI in experiments involving general molecular biology procedures, cell culture, biochemistry, and laboratory maintenance. The Research Assistant will also assist with data analysis and record keeping. The primary purpose of this position is to help the lab make progress toward its research goals. The Research Assistant will work closely with other staff (postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students) to perform experiments. This position will perform experiments according to established laboratory protocols, and will provide technical assistance, as instructed, toward the development of new procedures.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of one year from the date of hire, which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications:

Education and Experience (Grade 7)
  • Required: Bachelor degree in biology, biochemistry, genetics or related field.

  • Undergraduate research experience with previous experience working in a laboratory setting.

  • Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Relevant coursework and basic knowledge of laboratory approaches and techniques in the areas of Molecular, Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

  • Experience working with zebrafish larvae and mouse colonies preferred.

  • Strong computer skills with preferably some experience using laboratory data programs.

  • Previous experience working with scientific data bases is preferred.

Education and Experience (Grade 8)
  • Required: Bachelor degree in biology, biochemistry, genetics or related field plus 1-2 years of related full-time lab experience.

  • Required: Undergraduate research experience with previous experience working in a laboratory setting.

  • Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Relevant coursework and basic knowledge of laboratory approaches and techniques in the areas of Molecular, Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

  • Experience working with zebrafish larvae and mouse colonies preferred.

  • Strong computer skills with preferably some experience using laboratory data programs.

  • Previous experience working with scientific data bases is preferred.

Job Competencies
  • Conceptually comfortable with genetic and molecular genetic approaches

  • Attention to detail, outstanding hand/eye coordination, consistent execution of multi-step protocols.

  • Ability to learn new skills quickly.

  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills

  • Excellent written and communication skills Ability to be observant and self- motivated

  • Ability to think critically and problem -solve

  • Ability to complete accurate records and follow detailed instructions

  • Ability to work as part of a team, strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with co -workers

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite and competence in statistical analysis using Graph Pad software is desired.

  • Working knowledge of R or Python is desired

  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION CHECK REQUIRED.

Note: This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship from Brown University.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

Information on the Benefits of Working at Brown can be found here .

Recruiting Start Date:

2024-05-17

Job Posting Title:

Research Assistant

Department:

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Grade:

Grade 7

Worker Type:

Employee

Worker Sub-Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:

Full time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

37.5

Position Work Location:

Onsite

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions you may contact employment@brown.edu .

EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.

Company

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