Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Temporary Research Assistant for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at the Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the Temporary Research Assistant (TRA) will be responsible for the performance and analysis of experiments focused on studying the effects of human retroviral infection on human microglial cells in culture and in reconstructed human cerebral organoid cultures. This project is part of a larger effort to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuroAIDS and studying the effects of inflammatory pathways on microglial and neuronal organization and function. The TRA will also assist the laboratory in ordering of reagents and in training undergraduate students. As part of their career development to transition to the next phase of their career, the TRA 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.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Generates and maintains cultures of lymphocytes, macrophages and microglia and neuronal cells.
Analyzes effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines and human retroviral infection on cellular morphology (microscopy), and RNA and protein expression using a variety of molecular and cell approaches.
Assists in molecular cloning of recombinant DNA clones to monitor human retroviral infection of microglia and neural cells.
Assists in consumable and supply ordering in the laboratory and monitors reagents availability and usage.
Assists in the instruction and training of undergraduate students in laboratory techniques and procedures in cell biology and animal handling to carry out research assignments.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Recent B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology or Immunology.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Be familiar with cell culture procedures and basic molecular biology (cloning and polymerase chain reaction) in a research laboratory setting.
Effective oral and written communication skills; and ability to understand and communicate in English to sufficiently perform the job duties.
Computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
Demonstrated ability to work in a laboratory environment and perform laboratory research.
Experience with microscopy.
Posting Number: 21ST0728
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 129228
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