The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) is currently recruiting for a Laboratory Research Assistant. The Laboratory Research Assistant will perform activities related to microbiological experiments and molecular biology assays underway in the laboratory. In addition, the Laboratory Research Assistant will support a variety of ongoing research studies through independent work and documentation of methods and results while adhering to correct procedures and safety guidelines.
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Assist with ongoing studies by performing scientific experiments and technical procedures to produce accurate and reliable data for furthering research related to the microbiome.
Perform routine molecular biology procedures such as but not limited to DNA/RNA, extraction, PCR, and quantitative PCR using manual and automated techniques.
Perform microbiology procedures such as specimen processing, bacterial culture and identification, and cell culture.
Perform independent research in consultation with supervisor and in collaboration with other lab technicians.
Compile, analyze and interpret data using various relevant computer software applications and effectively communicates results.
Maintain and organize sample inventory using database solutions.
Assist with general upkeep of the laboratory including maintaining supply inventory.
May participate in the design of research studies.
May develop, optimize, and validate molecular biology and microbiology procedures.
May conduct literature research and assist with preparation of manuscripts for publication.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in a biological science. A degree in Microbiology is preferred.
Preferred Experience: Prior experience in research conducted with microbial organisms is preferred.
Other: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of molecular biology, microbiology, and aseptic technique is required
General knowledge of wet laboratory procedures is required such as handling and disposal of biological specimens, use of equipment, documentation of methods and results, and maintaining a clean workspace
Ability to perform basic molecular biology techniques such as PCR, qPCR and DNA extraction
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required
Working knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel) and database systems.
Excellent time management skills.
Ability to perform mammalian cell culture is preferred.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E3303C
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: School of Medicine - Institute for Genome Sciences
Job Posting: Sep 11, 2019
Unposting Date: Sep 26, 2019, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 133223
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.