Assistant Researcher - 17516BR

Assistant Researcher

Department: 
Molecular Biosciences
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, seeks an assistant researcher with interests and experience in molecular biology and microbiology. The successful candidate will work with a research group that addresses the broad themes of bacterial interactions, mechanisms of virulence and chemical biology of natural antibiotics. The position involves culturing bacteria, bacterial genetics including DNA manipulation and molecular biology, and antibiotic purification and toxicity testing. This position consists of an initial 1-yr appointment and the estimated start date is August 10th, 2020. The applicant should be extremely organized, work well with others, have a willingness to learn, and be able to participate at many levels in the laboratory.

Job Description

40% Microbiology and bacterial genetics including patching colonies, evolution experiments, construction of new strains.
30% Molecular biology and biochemistry such as cloning, PCR, nucleic acid extraction, and culture extractions for mass spec analysis.
20% Lab tasks including inventory and ordering of supplies, coordinating with undergraduate students to complete lab maintenance/chores including dishes, making media and other reagents, autoclaving and stocking supplies, etc.
10% Work on an independent research project (if interested) to be agreed upon with the PI.

Required Qualifications

  1. B.S. in Biology or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience in molecular biological techniques as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with molecular biology techniques including DNA purification kits, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis and primer design.
  2. Experience with microbiology culturing techniques such as aseptic technique, streaking plates, and patching colonies.
  3. Experience with bacterial genetics such as transformation, plasmid construction, PCR verification of new strains.
  4. Experience with handling pathogenic bacteria and working in a BSL-2 laboratory.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please submit (1) an online application; (2) a detailed Cover Letter describing the candidate's qualifications for the position; (3) the names and contact information for three professional references; (4) professional resume; and (5) college transcripts.

Application review begins July 31st and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Josephine Chandler
(jrchandler@ku.edu)

Advertised Salary Range

$31,940.00

Application Review Begins

31-Jul-2020

Anticipated Start Date

10-Aug-2020

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
17516BR
Department:
Molecular Biosciences
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
31-Jul-2020