Senior Research Specialist

Job Description

Med-Computational and Systems Biology – Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh – (22009886)

The Ishihara lab is seeking a Research Specialist. The incumbent will be integral to launching and running a new research lab within the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Our lab develops new chemical and genetic methods to engineer 3D morphogenesis of brain and cardiac organoids. The incumbent is required to have general experience in molecular biology (i.e. cloning), mammalian cell culture, and fluorescence microscopy. Experience with pluripotent stem cells, lab automation, RNAseq, and/or programming (e.g. Python) is a significant advantage, but is not required. Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills are a must. The incumbent must be a team player and be able to train other personnel.

Techniques that will be used for the research include, but are not limited to:

• Designing and building genetic constructs
• 3D differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells and human iPS cells into organoids
• Establishing transgenic cell lines (e.g. by PiggyBac and Cas9 genome editing)
• Expression analysis by immunofluorescence and RNAseq
• Fluorescence microscopy (e.g. confocal) and image analysis

Additional responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

• Ordering reagents and laboratory equipment
• Maintaining Laboratory Safety guidelines from the government and the university
• Developing new procedures and pipelines
• Introducing novel technologies to the laboratory
• Preparing and monitoring budgets
• Coordinating research activity, including data generation, quality control analyses, freezer stock organization, and data storage
• Training and supervising various personnel
• Writing, editing, and figure preparation for grants and manuscripts
• Presenting research within and outside university (posters, talks).

At least 3 years of experience working with mammalian cell culture are required for the position. Master’s degree required; Baccalaureate degree will be accepted in lieu of Master’s with a total of at least 5 years of experience. Independence and strong organizational skills are required.

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Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Research.IV
Campus Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required Master’s
Minimum Experience Level Required 3-5 years experience
Work Schedule Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Work Arrangement On-Campus: Teams that work on campus, in an office, or in a lab.
Hiring Range $30,732.00 – $49,296.00
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter
Optional Documents Not Applicable

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