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Research Technician

Company: California Institute of Technology
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Research Technician

Job Category: Fulltime Regular
Exempt Overtime Eligible: Overtime Eligible
Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The Hay lab is interested in a variety of topics. Many projects can be thought of as involving, in some sense, study of, and/or engineering the composition or fate of populations. At the subcellular level, we are interested in organelle genomes, how they can be engineered, how quality control occurs to eliminate defective genomes, why quality control often fails (during aging), and the development of methods for enhancing it. At the level of the cell, we are interested in cell death and neurodegeneration. At the level of individual organisms, we are interested in methods for inducing long-term infertility. At the level of populations of organisms, we are interested in developing technologies for modifying the genetic composition or fate of wild populations, ranging from prokaryotes to plants, insects and mammals using gene drive.

Common activities the successful candidate will contribute to include recombinant DNA cloning, the creation of transgenic organisms, cell culture, Drosophila genetics, plant (Arabidopsis) genetics, RNA and DNA sequencing, qPCR, and immunofluorescence microscopy. Primary work will be with others but may also involve independent research.

Essential Job Duties

  • Perform synthesis and cloning of multi-part constructs for use in cell culture and transgenesis.
  • Perform Drosophila and plant genetics experiments using transgenic organisms and mutants.
  • Perform qPCR and other forms of quantitative analysis of mitochondrial DNA of various genotypes.
  • Perform cell culture experiments using transient and stably transfected cells. Cell culture experiments may include immunostaining, imaging, qPCR, mRNA transfections.
  • Keep detailed records of experimental research.
  • Other laboratory duties such as ordering as assigned.
    Basic Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, bioengineering or related field.
    • Some experience in molecular biology and/or genetics.
    • Able to work independently and as a part of a team.
    • Able to organize your own time and effort across multiple projects.
    • Excellent attention to detail, documentation and organizational skills.
      Preferred Qualifications
      • Some prior work experience as a lab technician or equivalent.
      • Some experience with molecular techniques and cell culture.
        Required Documents
        • Resume
        • 2 - 3 references

          To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

          We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Keywords: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena , Research Technician, Professions , Pasadena, California

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