The RAI is part of the Chen lab in the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics (MPB) at Vanderbilt University and is responsible for assisting the Principal Investigator in various aspects in research and management. The Chen laboratory uses zebrafish and mammalian islet cells to study the mechanisms of islet cell biology. The research responsibilities of this position include generation and maintenance of transgenic and mutant zebrafish lines and cell culture for lentivirus production and lentivirus-based genetic analysis. The managerial responsibilities include ordering and organizing lab supplies.
The Chen lab consists of a culturally diverse team of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and Research Assistance.The lab is very collaborative both within and outside of the laboratory. It is part of MPB and the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training center, both are international leaders in diabetic research.
Duties and responsibilities:
Generation and maintenance of zebrafish lines
Generation and characterization of transgenic and mutant lines including transgene production and sgRNA synthesis, microinjection of zebrafish embryos, and screen for transgenic and mutation carriers using fluorescent microscopes, PCR genotyping, and sequencing;
Organizing and tracking various transgene- and mutation-carrying lines.
Freezing and depositing transgenic and mutant lines as needed.
Genetic analysis in mammalian pancreatic beta-cell lines.
Genetic screen in mammalian pancreatic beta-cell lines
Ordering and maintenance of research supplies.
Organization of lab
Education and Certifications: Profile of an Ideal Candidate
Bachelor's degree in Biology or related fields is necessary.
Experience with molecular techniques, cell culture, microinjection, and/or microscopic imaging is highly preferred
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community is strongly preferred.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities is strongly preferred.
The ability to follow instructions and to work independently within a team.
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Internal Number: 1901509
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