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The Prensner Laboratory at the Chad Carr – Pediatric Brain Tumor Center is looking for an exceptional candidate for a unique Research Lab Specialist position. This position affords the exciting opportunity to be part of a research effort aiming to dissect the genomic basis of pediatric cancer and its therapeutic implications.
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY The successful candidate will play a key role in establishing the scientific capacities of the Prensner laboratory and function as a lab manager. Duties will be: to maintain lab standard operating procedures (SOPs), oversee lab operations, safety training and occupational health compliance, personnel-onboarding, and train junior lab members in wet-lab techniques.
This candidate will also spearhead efforts to develop lab assays – such as DNA/RNA protocols, protein biology, tissue culture, and next-generation sequencing – as well as maintain in-lab equipment. He/she/they will participate directly in lab research with the ability to conduct independent research projects as well. He/she/they will receive commensurate academic credit for these efforts.
The candidate is expected to work largely independently on a daily basis, with regularly scheduled meetings with the Principal Investigator.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Operates and maintains laboratory equipment
Prepares, orders, and maintains stocks of necessary reagents, solutions and supplies
Onboards and trains new lab personnel as needed
Organizes and oversees lab safety training and occupational health compliance
Documents, compiles, and analyzes lab operations and finances. Reports data to supervisor in oral and written reports?
Attends team meetings
Assist project leads with basic wet-lab techniques, including but not limited to: genomic DNA extraction, RNA extraction, western blotting, mycoplasma testing, STR genotyping of cells, molecular cloning, PCR, mammalian tissue culture
Learn and execute existing Illumina sequencing platforms and next-generation sequencing library protocols, or other high-throughput techniques as technologies advance
Other related tasks as required
Bachelor or master’s degree in the life sciences or other relevant discipline.
4-5 years of relevant professional experience
Bachelor degree in the life sciences or other relevant discipline.
1-3 years of relevant professional experience
Skills and abilities
Prior experience with lab management/operations is required
Prior experience with molecular biology, genomic techniques, mammalian tissue culture and next-generation sequencing platforms is strongly desired. Particular attention will be paid to prior experience with next-generation sequencing protocols.
Exceptional organization and attention to detail are essential, related to lab management tasks, personnel, experimental protocols.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with all levels of staff and with external contacts are needed.
Ability and eagerness to learn in a self-motivating environment.
This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
This position is eligible to start in March or April of 2023, and will work in collaboration with Dr. Prensner to establish the Prensner Laboratory at the University of Michigan.
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