Research Specialist - Gonen Lab

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We currently have an opening for a Research Specialist in the laboratory of Dr. Tamir Gonenat the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Gonen lab works toward understanding how membrane proteins help cells maintain homeostasis. To that end, they study channels, transporters, and receptors structurally and functionally. There is an exciting opportunity for a Research Specialist to join the team in the lab, supporting ongoing projects in membrane biophysics and biochemistry.  This role will perform membrane protein expression, purification, and crystallization assays as well as perform research using biochemical and molecular biology techniques. This position will require a driven, creative individual who has membrane protein purification and expression experience, is willing to tackle novel challenges, and continually work towards process improvement. Ideal candidates will also be incredibly organized, personable, able to work independently, and have a strong desire to support the research of the lab.

Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform biochemical and molecular biology experiments
  • Perform membrane protein expression, purification and crystallization assays.
  • Assist with plasmid preparation, cDNA cloning and DNA sequencing techniques
  • Perform sterile techniques; maintain, propagate, and analyze various cell lines
  • Order supplies and equipment necessary for lab research duties, and unpack and organize delivered equipment and supplies
  • Train lab members at various biochemical techniques as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:
  • Experience with membraneprotein expression and purification is an absolute must.
  • Master's degree in health or physical sciences required, with emphasis in genetics, biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry
  • Ph.D. preferred
  • At least 2-4 years of related experience working in biochemistry or molecular biology or structural biology lab
  • Experience in genetic techniques, molecular biology techniques, working with mammalian cells; baculovirus, yeast, and E. coli expression systems.
  • Experience with uptake studies (example: scintillation counting)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work in a diverse laboratory environment
  • Able to interact well with others and work as part of a team

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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