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Research Assistant - Career

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Research Assistant - Career

Job no: 528123
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute of Molecular Biology
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

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.

Department Summary
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 training grants.

Position Summary
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.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in biology or related field.
  • One year experience with one of the following: molecular biology, microbiology, or animal research.

    Professional Competencies
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint/Keynote,

    Preferred Qualifications
  • 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

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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