Research Assistant - Career
Faculty - Career
Institute of Molecular Biology
Review of Applications Begins
September 10, 2021; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please provide a letter of application, a current CV and contact
information for three professional references.
The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) is a research institute
that reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation. We
have 18 labs and approximately 150 employees, including 45 graduate
students who train in our labs. We have an administrative
structure, which includes accounting, purchasing, personnel, PI
support, building management, and three service centers. Our annual
budget is about $9.5 million, primarily from federal research and
This research assistant position will mainly involve studies of
eukaryotic epigenetic regulation using genetic, biochemical, and
cell biological techniques. The purpose of this position is to
support the efforts of the Garcia lab as well as independently
(under the direction of Dr. Garcia) make high-impact discoveries in
the field of epigenetics. In particular, work will involve study of
prion proteins (non-toxic) and their impact on RNA chemical
modifications and regulation.
The essential responsibilities will be to design and conduct
experiments for original, independent research, interpret data, and
at times train other researchers in the laboratory and maintain
laboratory equipment. The hire will have constant contact with
other lab researchers (undergraduate students, graduate students,
and other research staff) and with the Dr. Garcia. The scope of
interactions of this position with external, local, national, or
international contacts will be limited.
This person will make decisions about how to set up genetic,
biochemical, and cell biological assays using budding yeast (S.
cerevisiae). Work will involve preparation of chemicals and
reagents common to microbiological research. This may require
referring to the scientific literature, or asking other lab members
or Dr. Garcia. They will also make decisions about how to
troubleshoot experiments that are not working, how to present data,
how to care for equipment and reagents, how to train other lab
members, and how to formulate and address key questions in their
research. These decisions are important and could impact the
efficiency of research in the Garcia lab as well as its scientific
direction. Further, because the experiments could be published in
scientific journals and are funded by the federal government,
job-level decisions can also have impact on the success of the
Biology Department, the Institute of Molecular Biology, the
University of Oregon, and the National Institutes of Health.
Judgement should therefore be executed with commensurate
responsibility. At a minimum, the research assistant will meet with
the laboratory principle investigator once per week. The guideline
for job-related decisions will be to maximize scientific impact and
experimental efficiency of the Garcia lab and of the hire's own
research project. The position will report to Dr. Garcia.
- Bachelor's degree in biology or related field.
- One year experience with one of the following: molecular
biology, microbiology, or animal research.
- Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and
- Experience working with budding yeast (S. cerevisiae),
experience with RNA research; experience with biochemical methods;
experience with bioinformatics; experience with fluorescence
microscopy; experience with molecular cloning.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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