Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Genetically Encoded Small Molecules
Researchers in the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules are working on projects related to the human microbiome, bacterial small molecules and host microbial interactions. The lab's research is focused on identifying bacterial genes, pathways and molecules that influence host-cellular functions and developing these host-microbial interactions into novel treatments for human disease. To this end we focus on three major areas of research: 1) high throughput screening of bacterial metabolites and genes to identify effector functions, 2) mouse models of inflammatory and metabolic diseases and 3) in vivo validation of bacterial metabolites and genes in human cohorts.
Will work on studies aimed at identifying new natural product antibiotics. Responsibilities include growing bacteria, preparing media, inoculating and optimizing growth conditions, organizing the strain library, organic extraction, preparing 384-well screening plates, PCR and other basic molecular biology techniques.
Bachelor's degree in science required. Must be experienced in general and basic molecular biology techniques including pipetting, sterile technique, and PCR and able to learn new techniques quickly, carefully, and efficiently. Must be motivated, responsible, communicative, and able to work in a group environment and show initiative when appropriate. In specific cases, we can provide individual projects in the above area of research and individuals can be further instructed in additional molecular biology techniques if interested. Knowledge and experience with microbiology, molecular biology or methods such as organic extraction and high throughput screening a plus.