Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Genetics
We explore the activities of certain genes that control circadian (daily) rhythms in Drosophila. Interactions among these genes, and their proteins, set up a network of molecular oscillations within single cells. These oscillations are autonomously generated in most tissues, and establish overt rhythms in the fly?s physiology and behavior. This mechanism is conserved within the animal kingdom. So much so that ?clock? genes originally detected in the fruitfly regulate patterns of sleep and other rhythms in humans. We also study neural development, especially action of the neurogenic genes of Drosophila. These determine some of the earliest cell fates in the developing embryo.
The Research Assistant will work closely with at least one other laboratory member to elucidate the genes and proteins responsible for controlling biological rhythms in Drosophila. Will assist in molecular cloning, DNA/RNA analysis, immunocytochemistry, fly husbandry, and Western blot analysis. Will produce and analyze data, think critically, and gain exposure to primary literature. The Research Assistant will be responsible for maintaining the lab Drosophila stocks, shipping and receiving of goods, and for keeping general orders and cleanliness. Will be responsible for maintaining the ordering of all laboratory supplies and inventory, tracking monthly expenditures, running monthly spending reports, and managing the Quartzy online ordering system.
Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in molecular biology and genetics preferred. Working familiarity with restriction enzymes, gel electrophoresis, bacterial culture, protein analysis, and Drosophila desired. Computer proficiency and experience with MS Excel necessary. Must possess exceptional communication and organizational skills. Must be diligent, reliable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.