We are currently seeking a dynamic, interested, and curious Research Technician within the lab of Dr. Gideon Dreyfuss at the University of Pennsylvania. The Dreyfuss lab’s focus is on the role of RNA-binding proteins (RNPs) and their complexes with RNA in regulating gene expression, and how their dysfunction plays a role in disease. More information on the lab can be found on their website.
As a member of the research staff, you will be assisting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students on single cell genomics and transcriptomics. We are ideally looking for candidates that are energetic and highly organized – and have a passion for molecular genomics with an interest in cortical development.
- Assist lab staff with research experiments in biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology
- Using and understanding a wide variety of molecular biology protocols – such as cloning, DNA/RNA sequencing, assisting with tissue culturing, preparing reagents and protein gels
- Maintain required equipment
- Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area
- Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations, as required
- Gathering and placing lab orders, assisting in management of lab stocks
- Serve as liaison for lab safety protocols and assist with communication to HHMI and other host institution departments (including the Safety Office, HR, etc)
- May coordinate visa requests with appropriate HHMI and host institution departments
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience – Background in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, or molecular biology preferred
- Prior experience working in a research laboratory a strong plus
- Excellent analytical, communication, problem solving, and organizational skills
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques
- Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.