Research Associate I – Duncan lab

Buck Institute for Research on Aging

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  • Exciting, dynamic work environment at the forefront of science using state-of-the-art techniques
  • Competitive ($50,000+) salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, generous PTO and 401(k) with 5% employer match

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic Research Associate (RAI) to join the Duncan lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in the Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality. The Duncan Lab studies the mechanisms involved in female reproductive aging utilizing mammalian model systems. Our goal is to understand the interplay between the aging ovarian microenvironment and egg quantity and quality. Our research will improve the fertility- and health-spans across generations through discovery of novel cellular pathways for therapeutic interventions.

The RAI will learn to perform basic reproductive techniques using mammalian models under the remote supervision of Francesca Duncan, PhD, Assistant Professor in Residence, and in-person supervision of Cosmo Hahn, Research Associate II. This member of the Duncan lab will also interface with the Reproductive Biology Hub, a core facility that supports collaborators executing novel reproductive aging research. Top candidates will have a passion for reproductive biology, solid experience in laboratory techniques, and a willingness to work with mammalian model systems.


  • Design, optimize and execute experiments
  • Contribute to weekly meetings with Principal Investigator and lab members
  • Maintain laboratory facilities and equipment
  • Adhere to regulatory and safety protocols
  • Can work occasional holidays and weekends as needed
  • Keep up-to-date in reproductive biology and aging literature

Experimental Tasks

  • Maintain mouse breeding colony including husbandry, weight tracking, and health monitoring
  • Order supplies and prepare reagents
  • Perform routine cellular, molecular biology and biochemistry experiments
  • Analyze and interpret experimental results

Intellectual Contribution

  • Maintain digital notebook with protocols, optimization, data and analysis
  • Generate figures, graphs and representative images
  • Assist in preparation of research reports (abstracts, posters, manuscripts)
  • Participate in oral and written presentations

Mentorship and Teaching

  • Mentor students on laboratory techniques pertaining to reproductive biology
  • Demonstrate or teach laboratory techniques to users of the Reporductive Biology Hub

Education & Experience

  • BS/BA or MS in Biomedical sciences
  • 1+ years of lab experience in basic science research
  • Some familiarity with reproductive biology, aging, mouse genetics and husbandry
  • Experience in the following techniques is favorable:Working with mouse models
  • Tissue collection
  • Cell/organ isolation and culture
  • Immunohistochemistry/immunocytochemistry
  • Microscopy (brightfield, fluorescence, confocal)
  • Female or male reproductive biology techniques
  • Mouse colony management
  • DNA, RNA, protein isolation (PCR, western blot, etc)
  • Experimental design and protocol optimization
  • Data acquisition, analysis, presentation

Specialized Skills

  • Strong aptitude, background and knowledge of basic scientific theory
  • Strong motivation to perform research independently
  • Robust communication skills (oral and written)
  • Precise attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent organization skills with ability to multitask
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work within a team

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