Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Student Assistant for the Child Health Institute of the Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), the Student Assistant will be responsible for the performance and analysis of experiments focused on the genetic causes of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) associated with brain malformations and intellectual disability. The project is part of a larger effort in the lab to discover novel disease causing mutations for CMDs and to develop zebrafish models to screen therapeutic approaches. The Student Assistant (SA) should have a broad (college-level) knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry and some research experience in either human genetics or zebrafish models. The SA will manage and coordinate a team of undergraduate students involved in this effort and will work closely with the PI to allocate tasks and oversee progress. As part of their professional development to transition to the next phase of their career, the SA will be trained in improving their experimental design skills and their oral and written presentation skills. Multiple resources for career development to aid with these requirements will be provided by the PI and Rutgers University.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Use molecular biology approaches to develop genome editing reagents using CRISPR/Cas9 to generate zebrafish mutants
Perform microinjections to either knock-down or knock-out genes of interest in zebrafish oocytes
Assist in the instruction and coordination of undergraduate students in laboratory techniques and procedures in cell biology and zebrafish husbandry to carry out research assignments
Compile and analyze data with appropriate statistical analysis, conclusions and future directions in support of further CHI research.
Adhere to established performance standards and coordination of instrumentation and experimental approaches in support of CHI research
Keep clear and detailed records of procedures and experiments in accordance with laboratory guidelines, maintain data in shared and readily accessible locations, present data to the PI and other lab members
Attend and actively participate in both weekly and monthly group research meetings
Minimum Education and Experience:
Current advanced undergraduate student majoring in a biomedical discipline
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be familiar with zebrafish husbandry in a research laboratory setting
Must have effective oral and written communication skills
Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Must have the ability to work collaboratively and independently
Must have the ability to manage a small group of researchers
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must be able to perform laboratory research
Must be able to work with zebrafish
Some lifting may be required: laboratory items, tanks, and/or boxes
Walking, standing, sitting is required
Must follow all safety precautions in laboratory, as required
Salary: Range $12.90 - $15.00 based on experience
Posting Number: 19ST4360
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 102834
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.