Duke University, Biology

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Position ID:Duke-Biology-JP_AIR [#27225]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Biology
Appl Deadline:2024/05/23 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/02/23, listed until 2024/05/24)
Position Description:    

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Associate in Research/Lab Manager: Gibert lab

Occupational Summary -Coordinate administrative, technical and research activities in the lab. Carry out ecological/evolutionary experiments (often microcosms in laboratory settings) and help with experimental design, implementation and data analysis. Co-supervise undergraduate students. -The successful candidate must be able to work independently, but also be an excellent team member. -Oversee all aspects of laboratory compliance with Duke and other policies as well as all research-adjacent activities (time/space management, undergraduate activities and outreach events in the lab). Work Performed -Perform complex research laboratory techniques such as but not limited to: DNA/RNA/protein extraction and purification from cell lines and other tissues, maintain protist and other freshwater organism cultures, perform ecological assays such as foraging experiments, population counts over time, manipulations of media and or other environmental conditions using growth chambers, quantify cell phenotypes using flow cytometry (FlowCAM), and characterize bacterial communities using a combination of flow cytometry and amplicon sequencing. -Provide oversight and mentoring of undergraduate researchers in areas of project design, data analysis, and troubleshooting, as well as instruction in technical skills. -Direct and oversee junior technical personnel in data analysis and technical laboratory skills. -Facilitation of graduate research through instruction and troubleshooting of techniques and assisting in project design. -Manage the safety of the lab with special attention paid to training of personnel, management of safe physical spaces, management of hazardous materials and possibly pathogenic agents, creation and maintenance of Standard Operation Procedures for techniques and individual chemicals. Serve as the primary point of contact for the Occupational and Environmental Safety Office. -Liaise with animal, biosafety, and other oversight offices regarding approvals needed for research efforts. -Liaise with Duke Forest and manage potential mesocosm facilities and experiments. -Liaise with Duke Biology administration for management of lab operations. -Coordinate equipment assessment, purchasing, maintenance, and oversight. Respond to equipment and space audit requests. -Procure and maintain inventories of reagents, supplies, and samples as needed to support research activities of all lab personnel.

Required Qualifications at this Level Education/Training: Work requires a bachelor's degree in biology, or related field. Experience: At least one year of research experience is preferred but a combination of education and research-related experience may be considered. Skills: Candidate must be fluent in ecological terminology and have a good understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes. Problem-solving and troubleshooting skills are a must. Sterile technique for maintenance of live cultures. Ability to handle live organisms (including vertebrates). Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with the molecular biology techniques for extraction, isolation, and analysis of DNA/RNA would be a strong differential. Coding experience is preferred but not indispensable (e.g. R, Julia, Python, Mathematica).

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Box 90338
DURHAM, NC 27708