The MDI Biological Laboratory seeks a highly motivated research assistant to work in the laboratory of Assistant Professor, Dr. James Godwin. The Godwin Lab studies the cell and molecular mechanisms of scar-free healing and regeneration in the limbs and hearts of salamanders with some comparative studies performed in mice. An overarching theme of the lab is to understand the requirements for the advanced ability of salamanders to faithfully replace lost adult tissues and identify those factors able to improve wound healing outcomes in mice and humans. The Godwin Lab has a major focus on the role of immune cells permissive of scar-free regeneration and mechanisms required for the complete restoration of original tissue pattern and architecture. This is a unique opportunity to participate in cutting edge research in an institute internationally recognized for regeneration research while enjoying a high quality of life in beautiful coastal Maine near Acadia National Park. The ideal candidate will be motivated to learn about regenerative animal models and preferably have experience in immunology, cell biology, and/or development biology.
The successful candidate will perform tests, procedures and experiments applying specialized skills, knowledge and equipment. The successful candidate will also work with lab members to modify and refine techniques and procedures to meet research objectives and troubleshoot new protocols. Duties and responsibilities of the position include managing multiple, concurrent projects or a multi-faceted project: applying knowledge of scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry including experimental design, data collection and analysis; operating instruments and equipment, including the use of related information technology; and adhering to reporting requirements of research projects. The candidate will understand the responsible care and use of animals in research, and image anesthetized salamanders via microscopy. It is important that the applicant is able to clearly and concisely convey information verbally and in written form in order to effectively present ideas and research results.
Required qualifications include: Knowledge of biological sciences as would normally be acquired through Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related subject with at least 2 years of related experience. Preferred skills and experiences include animal dissection and tissue processing, cell culture, molecular cloning, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. The candidate should have basic familiarity with biostatistics. The candidate should be diligent, able to work both independently and in a team environment, acquire new skills rapidly, display versatility in a laboratory setting, and possess effective problem solving and interpersonal skills.
This is a full-time, hourly (non-exempt) position with excellent benefits.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The MDI Biological Laboratory is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.