The mission of the University of Delaware’s Department of Biological Sciences is to create and disseminate knowledge that increases our understanding of living organisms in the contexts of both normal biology and aberrant processes that contribute to disease or developmental abnormalities. This mission is carried out through original research, publications, and teaching students within the discipline and related scientific fields. This mission is strongly supported by the scholarly activities of our faculty, which focus on the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and physiology.
Under the general direction of a faculty investigator, the Research Specialist performs experiments utilizing the model organism C. elegans. The Research Specialist will use a wide range of molecular, genetic, cell biological, behavioral and biochemical approaches and. The researcher will conceptualize, design and carry out experiments, maintain a notebook describing experimental procedures and results, analyze resulting data, create figures, and write papers with limited supervision.
Plans and conducts experiments using C. elegans that require an understanding of genetics; analyzes data and interprets results
Operates basic laboratory equipment such as light microscopes, fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges, pH meters, analytical balances, spectrophotometers and gel documentation systems
Performs live animal confocal imaging and analysis of acquired images with Volocity
Designs and creates constructs using traditional, Gibson, Gateway, and site directed mutagenesis strategies
Performs biochemical techniques including Western blotting, co-immunoprecipitation, protein expression and protein purification
Ensures proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, making minor adjustments to equipment when necessary; develops protocols to assist lab members in proper use of equipment
Complies with Department of Environmental Health and Safety, OSHA, and biohazard safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents; promotes workplace safety
Maintains laboratory strain and primer databases, monitors inventory levels and orders supplies in accordance with established policies
Master’s degree plus experience in biology, chemistry or related field
Experience working in a laboratory on an independent research project with cellular and molecular biology techniques
Experience with word processing, database, plasmid design, DNA sequencing and image analysis software
Experience with confocal microscopy preferred
Experience with biochemistry preferred
Must have a background in genetics
Must have strong organizational skills and oral communication skills
Must be able to interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds
Work environment may include working in a cold room for short periods of time.
Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.
Without assistance, must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.
Requires dexterity in handling delicate and hazardous materials.
The ability to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory materials.
Must be able to work various and sometimes long hours due to the timing on experiments, including possibly weekends and evenings.
Internal Number: 494426
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