Position Open: Research Assistant/Technician
Open as of October 18, 2019
The Pipkin lab is searching for a Research Technician or Research Assistant candidate to join a high-energy group of investigators and trainees within the Department of Immunology and Microbiology that is focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanics that drive the development and differentiation of effector and memory CD8+ T lymphocytes in the context of tumors and infections. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining colonies of genetically engineered mice, cloning and curating large DNA libraries of short hairpin RNA interference clones in arrayed and pooled formats, and contributing to in vivo loss-of-function screens and validation studies to identify genes that can be manipulated to reprogram CD8 T cell responses and induce durable and protective immunity against tumors and chronic infections. The position involves multiple complementary duties, tasks and responsibilities to maintain organization and efficiency within the lab. The candidate will perform research under general supervision, independently and in collaboration with others and will be expected to read scientific literature, learn to analyze data, interpret results and present progress in regular group meetings.
The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Immunology or related scientific field and have at least 1-3 years of laboratory experience, preferably in the context of an academic research laboratory. Related experience must include experience with mammalian cell-culture, cell-based assays, flow cytometry, general microbiology and experience with recombinant DNA technology (i.e., DNA cloning) and basic molecular biology. Experience with computational biology and/or programming (e.g., R, Perl, Python languages) is a strength. Must be willing to work with laboratory animals; experience handling mice is preferred.