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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Tech (Work study students only)

Two hourly positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Samy Meroueh in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Candidates currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in science or other areas who are interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Work study funding is required.

 The candidate’s duty will be to help facilitate ongoing research in the Meroueh laboratory. This will consist of checking inventory on a regular basis, helping to maintain and update databases using Excel, helping with the preparation of media and buffers for protein expression and purification, ensuring that glassware is sterilized and cleaned, helping to set up microtiter plates for screening experiments, and assisting in shipping materials to collaborators. 

Candidates are expected to be able to pay attention to detail and to maintain a high level of professionalism, which includes excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others. 

It is expected that the applicant will devote at least 10 hours of their time per week to this position. 

A student working as a part-time research technician in my laboratory will gain the following skills.

In this role, the student will learn to effectively communicate scientific questions and discuss results of experiments. Especially critical are the development of good listening skills to become an effective member of a scientific team.

A second skill that the student will gain is problem solving. Scientific research depends critically on the ability of individual researchers to solve problems that arise in performing experiments and interpreting results of experiments. Students will learn to innovate through the design of new experiments having gained sufficient experience and technical skills to advance to this level of participation in the scientific process.

As a member of a research group, students are expected to attend our weekly structural biology group meetings and present their research every few months. Participants in these meetings include the members of several research groups which have in common an interest in structural biology. This activity allows students to participate in a larger scientific community within our department.

Students also have the opportunity to attend departmental seminars that occur weekly and learn from researchers outside our university.