Research assistant/technician for a virology lab with a focus on tumor viruses. The research in the lab will cover a diverse array of techniques and studies with the goal of understanding the mechanisms of tumor virus oncogenes and their roles in pathogenesis using bioinformatics, molecular biology, 2D cell culture models, and in vivo animal work. The successful candidate will maintain daily operation of the laboratory with guidance from the principal investigator. The successful candidate will also be expected to help establish and maintain standards operating procedures for mouse colony which will include breeding. Other duties will include initiating and carrying out the development and performance of diverse experiments and assays.
Undergraduate or Master's degree in biological sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, or related discipline. Demonstrated ability to work independently and organize and prioritize work. Excellent communication skills and ability to work with other individuals. General knowledge of computers and standard office software.
Virology and cell biology research experience. Experience working with pathogenic viruses and direct handling of animals. Knowledge of the safe handling of infectious agents and aseptic technique.
Starting at Pay Band 3; to commensurate with experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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