The University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, is seeking a Research Specialist for the Department of Biological Sciences.
The incumbent will be integral to maintaining the laboratory research program and will work under the direct supervision of an Assistant Professor. The research will focus on how cells achieve selective trafficking of membrane proteins. The department will use the alpha-arrestins, a little-studied but highly conserved class of protein trafficking adaptors, as a prism for our research to help define the rules that govern selective trafficking. The incumbent is required to have a strong background in yeast genetics or cell and molecular biology. Expertise in both fields is preferred. Experience in basic microscopy, general molecular biology (e.g. qPCR) and/or biochemistry (e.g. Western Blot) would be considered a plus.
Techniques that will be used for the research include, but are not limited to: - Making mutant yeast strains: primer design and transformation followed by PCR and sequence verification - Cloning: primer design, ligations, PCR, and sequencing - Immunoblotting: protein extraction, SDS-PAGE, antibody incubations and detection - Quantitative fluorescent microscopy: Image acquisition, analysis and figure preparation - Cell culture: growth of yeast and mammalian cell lines and phenotypic assessments
Additional responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: - Ordering reagents and laboratory equipment - Developing procedures and pipelines - Coordinating research activity, including data generation, quality control analyses, freezer stock organization and data storage - Training and supervising various personnel
The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences is committed to building a culturally diverse staff. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required. All candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (including at least one supervisor, two preferred) with name, contact information, and relationship to candidate. Applications that do not include these documents will be considered incomplete.
An MSc or PhD would be considered an asset. Prior laboratory research experience is a strong asset. Independence and strong organizational skills are required.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.III
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 1-2 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
Hiring Range: $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: Yes
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Cover Letter
Internal Number: 19004498
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