The new Hansen lab is inviting applications for a Research Associate. With the help of scientists, the RA carries out specialized laboratory procedures for research projects at the Buck Institute. The focus of our research is to understand how the basic cellular recycling process called autophagy is regulated during aging, using the nematode C. elegans and mammalian cell culture systems and a combination of biochemical, imaging, and genetic approaches. Work schedule flexibility may be needed. Of note, two weeks of training in San Diego between June 28 and July 16 prior to working at the Buck is required for this position.
Prepare reagents including production of agar plates, bacterial culturing and C. elegans culturing and maintenance.
Enter and manage data.
Participate in project planning meetings and other communication exercises.
Use various established research protocols/techniques to investigate a scientific problem.
Maintain laboratory facilities and equipment.
Help maintain laboratory records (e.g., chemical safety, radiation safety, etc).
Assist in the preparation of protocols.
Carefully record experiments in laboratory notebooks.
Analyze and interpret experimental results.
Assist in preparing research reports.
Help to develop new laboratory procedures.
Read assigned research articles.
May make oral presentations.
Education and Experience
BA/BS in Biology, Cell Biology or a related field
Knowledge and practical experience working on elegans required
Strong aptitude, background and knowledge of basic scientific theory
Strong motivation to perform research
Excellent technical and problem-solving ability
Precise attention to detail and accuracy
Works well both with other scientists under general supervision as well as independently
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
Full training in specialized aspects of the work will be given
Database management and computation experience is a plus
Additional Salary Information: *Competitive (academic/non-profit research institute/North Bay) salary commensurate with experience
*Generous benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, generous vacation and 401(k) with 5% employer match
Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, nonprofit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.