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Research Assistant II

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This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds. Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Assistant II
Department Molecular and Systems Biology
Position Number 1125882
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Position Purpose

To serve as lab manager for a genetics/molecular biology lab comprising ~12 people; to independently conduct experiments as defined in the research plan and to serve on a research team involved in the investigation of circadian rhythms in fungi and animals

Skills & Knowledge
  • Superior organizational and time management skills.
  • Highly competent in molecular biological and/or biochemical methods; skills with nucleic acids and proteins desirable.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaborations with others at different universities, and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage laboratory inventory and records.
  • Editorial skills for preparation of reports.
  • Although not routine, willingness as needed to work with/be exposed to hazardous materials such as radioactive materials, infectious materials, and/or hazardous chemicals is important.
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines.
Minimum Experience
  • Three years of relevant laboratory research experience.
  • The research involves common microbiological and molecular biological techniques including strain propagation on agar slants, DNA cloning, cell transformation, DNA sequencing, PCR, Western blotting, etc. as well as operation of computer-driven data acquisition systems.
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Biological Sciences or the equivalent.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Non-Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Cheryl Bush
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Laboratory Management

  • Coordinates students, staff, and postdocs for completion of lab community chores.
  • Schedules and monitors utilization of laboratory facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  • Monitors equipment and instrument performance; obtains necessary maintenance and repair.
  • Coordinates ordering and maintains stock of laboratory supplies.
  • May provide technical direction to laboratory technicians and student workers.
  • Monitors work in progress to ensure accomplishment is timely and in accordance with reasonable methods and standards.
  • Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.

Research/Experiments

  • Maintains records of strain collections and durable long-term reagents such as antisera.
  • Independently sets up and monitors experiments in progress.
  • Identifies, troubleshoots, and corrects or recommends solutions to problems associated with experimental design; methods, procedures, and techniques; or equipment and facilities.
  • As necessary, develops and/or implements new or modified research methods, procedures, and techniques to meet the unique requirements of assigned research problems.
  • Adheres to laboratory safety requirements including general and chemical/hazardous waste safety disposal methods.

Data Collection/Preparation

  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets data resulting from experimentation.
  • Performs literature searches to develop information of relevance to the research.
  • Prepares appropriate and understandable representations of data such as sequences, graphs, charts, etc.
  • Participates in the preparation of reports and presentation of the research findings.

Miscellaneous

  • Communicates and interacts respectfully with a diverse community.
  • Depending on experience and interest, may assist in the maintenance of transgenic mouse colonies including weighing of animals, setting up pairs of animals for mating, and entering data into computerized data bases.
  • Depending on experience and interest, may assist in mouse surgical procedures.

Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

-- Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document #1

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