A Research Engineering/Scientist Associate II (RESA II) position is available to conduct research under the direction of Dr. Eugene Shakirov in the Department of Integrative Biology, at the University of Texas at Austin. The RESA II will assist graduate students, research scientists, and faculty members with ongoing research projects on telomere biology and stress tolerance in plants. The RESA II will also assist with procurement for research supplies and equipment and the upkeep and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Essential Job Functions:
* Grow and analyze plants. Utilize molecular biology techniques, such as DNA extraction, PCR, cloning, plasmid and protein purification. Assist in the preparation of reagents and of plant samples for sequencing and functional analyses.
* Assist in experiments on the molecular, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of telomere length maintenance. Assist in experiments on the role of environmental stress on plant biology. Develop, troubleshoot and optimize molecular assays from samples collected from growth chamber, greenhouse, and field experiments.
* Place orders for equipment and consumables; reorder common-use consumables when they are running low; keep track of equipment maintenance schedules and arrange maintenance in timely fashion; organize repair/replacement of malfunctioning equipment; arrange proper waste disposal and pickup; keep a catalog of orders; keep a catalog of items in freezers; ensure lab's compliance with biosafety and fire codes.
* Prepare libraries for next-generation sequencing and participate in bioinformatics analysis of telomere length and stress data.
* Collaborate with lab members in planning and completing experiments, processing samples, and managing data storage and quality control.
*Train lab researchers in basic molecular biology skills and in commonly used lab protocols. Help manage and train undergraduate or junior researchers in the wet lab, provide lab safety training for new lab members.
*Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions, read the literature applicable to research areas as required, participate in data analysis and the writing of manuscripts, as needed.
* Manage and coordinate lab resources including maintaining a clean workplace, organizing and maintaining freezers, stocking reagents, etc.
View RESA II job posting 180831014210 at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/search/0/ for details and to apply.
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.
Bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology or related field. Two years of experience with Molecular Biology and some aspects of Computational Biology. At least one year of biology research experience at the undergraduate level. Familiarity with DNA/RNA isolation, agarose gel electropheris, PCR, nucleic acids quantification, notebook keeping. Ability to communicate clearly, maintain a laboratory notebook and present results graphically and orally.
Experience in a molecular lab working with DNA/RNA. Computational skills. Experience with preparing libraries for next-generation sequencing. Ability to analyze large-scale sequencing data. Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research. Communication skills for interaction and documentation functions. Familiarity with Excel and Google sheets.