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Research Technician, Molecular Biology - Torii Lab

We are seeking a Research Technician to support the lab of Dr. Keiko Torii at University of Texas, Austin. The Torii lab has a long-standing interest to unravel how plant stem cells function and contribute to growth and development, with specific emphasis on signal transduction pathways and underpinning genomic/epigenomic mechanisms. In addition to harnessing chemical and synthetic biology, they are designing and building synthetic signal transduction circuits to control plant growth and development suited for changing climate. More information on the lab can be found on their website.

The Research Technician will collaborate closely with one or two post-doctoral fellows to support research projects within the lab, and will hold an integral role in support of the science.  We are ideally targeting candidates looking to commit to the lab at least 2-3 years before moving on to your next opportunity. 

What You’ll Do:
  • Make chemical solutions and buffers as required. Basic molecular cloning (primer design, PCR, DNA/RNA purification), qRT-PCR and gene expression analyses, genotyping transgenic materials. Assist and perform maintenance and organization of E.coli and yeast strains for recombinant protein expression and purification. Running DNA gels, SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting. Assist sowing, transplanting, growing, propagation and maintenance of transgenic plants. Harvest seeds and organize them. May perform advanced microscopy and imaging as needed.
  • Assist scientists, technicians and students by collecting, organizing, inventorying and maintaining biological material. Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data, specifically biological materials; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs and reports. May use software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data.
  • Configure and operate laboratory apparatus and instruments; read and record instrument data; tabulate data; keep laboratory records, and coordinate equipment repairs. Specific equipment may include centrifuges, ultracentrifuge, qPCR machines, NanoDrop, gel electrophoresis/immunoblot apparatus, freezers/cold chambers, light and confocal microscopes.
  • Order chemicals, reagents, and other laboratory supplies. Coordinate with chemical companies and suppliers.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions. Present at the lab meeting . Read literature applicable to research areas as required. Other tasks as needed to contribute to the efficient and effective functioning of a research laboratory

Skills You Bring:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences or related discipline
  • Previous experience with any of the following standard molecular biological techniques or familiarity with underlying scientific principles is a plus but not necessary:
  • Molecular biology techniques (PCR, qPCR, genotyping)
  • Sequencing library preparation
  • Cryosectioning/histology
  • Strong multitasking skills and time management
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to apply experience to new techniques and protocols and learn complex tasks with general instruction
  • Ability to identify areas of confusion and seek help when needed
  • Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise
  • Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to follow instruction with an eagerness to learn, grow professionally, and be mentored
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to use good judgment in managing deadlines and responding to inquiries

Physical Requirements
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits
Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer