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The Kevin Wood lab is seeking a Research Lab Technician to assist in experimental and theoretical investigations of antibiotic resistance in Gram positive bacterial pathogens. The molecular determinants of antibiotic resistance are increasingly understood, but much less is known about how those microscopic events lead to large scale dynamics at the scale of the bacterial population. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team of physicists, biophysicists, and evolutionary biologist to investigate cooperative resistance in microbial populations exposed to temporally or spatially fluctuating environments.
Perform standard experiments in microbiology and lab evolution: Experimental techniques include microbial cell culture, measurements of bacterial population time series using in vitro plate-reader assays, and serial passage lab evolution experiments requiring multi-week experiments that examine response of the populations to systematic changes in environmental variables. Candidate will be trained, as needed, on specific lab protocols.
Basic cloning in bacteria: Candidate will work with other lab members to engineer bacterial strains containing gene knockouts or fluorescent reporter constructs. Techniques include standard approaches to plasmid and genomic manipulation, including allelic exchange and recombineering.
Assisting in development and investigation of mathematical and computational models: Candidate will work with other lab members to analyze both agent-based computational models and nonlinear mathematical models based on ordinary differential equations. Models will play an important role in generating and testing hypotheses to guide experiments.
Basic statistical and quantitative data analysis: Candidate will perform basic statistical analysis of experimental data, perform basic genomics tasks (e.g. variant calling from population sequencing), and will work with other lab members to generate visual representations of high-dimensional data.
Bachelor's degree in biophysics, physics or a related quantitative field as well as laboratory experience in biophysics or microbiology; fluency with standard theoretical techniques in biophysics or physics; basic programming skills; experience with basic statistical/data analysis techniques; experience with basic microbiology (bacterial cell culture, transformation, plasmid manipulation, etc); strong communication skills; ability to collaborate and work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
12-month, term limited, full time position with option to renew pending available funds. Position is funded by faculty grant. The salary range for this position is $32,000 - $40,000.
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