The Hansen lab at the Buck Institute is inviting applications for a position as a Research Associate. With the help of scientists, the RA carries out specialized laboratory procedures for research projects at the Buck. The focus of our research is to understand how the basic cellular recycling process called autophagy is regulated during aging, using the nematode C. elegans and mammalian cell culture systems and a combination of biochemical, imaging, and genetic approaches. Work flexibility may be needed.
- Prepare reagents including production of agar plates, bacterial culturing and C. elegans culturing and maintenance.
- Enter and manage data.
- Participate in project planning meetings and other communication exercises.
- Use a variety of established research protocols/techniques to investigate a scientific problem.
- Maintain laboratory facilities and equipment.
- Help to maintain laboratory records (e.g., chemical safety, radiation safety, etc).
- Assist in the preparation of protocols.
- Keep a careful record of experiments in laboratory notebooks.
- Analyze and interpret experimental results.
- Assist in preparing research reports.
- Help to develop new laboratory procedures.
- Read assigned research articles.
- May make oral presentations.
Education & Experience
- BA/BS in Biology, Cell Biology or a related field
- Knowledge and practical experience working on elegans required
- Strong aptitude, background and knowledge of basic scientific theory
- Highly motivated to perform research
- Excellent technical and problem-solving ability
- Precise attention to detail and accuracy
- Works well both independently and with other scientists under general supervision
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
- Full training in specialized aspects of the work will be given
- Database management and computation experience is a plus
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Salary: $50,000 – $65,000 commensurate with lab/research experience
- Dynamic work environment at the forefront of science using state-of-the-art techniques
- Generous benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, generous holiday/vacation/sick leave, and 401(k) with 5% employer match
- Collaborative environment – both for science and social activities