The MDI Biological Laboratory seeks a highly motivated Research Assistant I to work in the laboratory of Dr. James Godwin. 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 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 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.
The ideal candidate will be motivated to learn about regenerative animal models and preferably have or desire experience in immunology, cell biology, and/or developmental biology.
- Performs tests, procedures and experiments applying specialized skills, knowledge and equipment. Works with lab team to modify and refine techniques and procedures to meet research objectives, and troubleshoot new protocols. Manages multiple, concurrent projects or a multi-faceted project.
- Applies knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) to: conduct a systematic and objective inquiry including experimental design, data collection and analysis; operate instruments and equipment; and use related information technology.
- Understand the responsible care and use of animals in research. Image anesthetized salamanders via microscopy.
- Clearly and concisely conveys information verbally and in written form; effectively presents ideas. Presents research results and summaries; adheres to reporting requirements of research project(s).
- 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. Other means of acquiring that knowledge and experience may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- 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, and have versatility in a laboratory setting.
- Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The MDI Biological Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.