We are looking for undergraduates interested in a research specialist position at UCSF starting in May 2017. We are an inter-disciplinary lab and graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology, bioengineering, physics or related disciplines will be considered (undergraduate degree may be in process during the application but the degree should be possessed by the appointment effective date). Most importantly, we are looking for someone who is talented, motivated and enthusiastic.
The ideal candidate will have two years of lab experience (beyond coursework lab experience) and familiarity with one or more of the following: microscopy, molecular biology, mammalian cell culture, instrumentation, and quantitative/computational analysis. We are looking for a minimum two-year time commitment. This position is suitable for an individual who is looking to gain research experience on the way to further career development, for example on the way to graduate or medical school. We are a young cell biophysics lab and are most interested in candidates who want to perform independent research in addition to supporting and managing the lab.
Our lab is interested in the mechanics of chromosome segregation. How do cells generate, detect and respond to mechanical force to equally distribute their genetic material when they divide? Errors in chromosome segregation can lead to birth defects and disease. While we know nearly all the molecules essential for chromosome segregation, we do not understand the underlying mechanical principles or how key cellular machines (spindle and kinetochore) are designed to achieve such robustness and accuracy. New approaches are needed and we are using molecular and biophysical tools to address these questions. For example, we mechanically perturb cells by cutting their structures using laser ablation, map how cells are dynamically organized using high resolution live imaging, and probe key players using molecular and cell biology tools. You can find out more about our research interests here: http://dumontlab.ucsf.edu.
Interested candidates should formally apply via AP Recruit at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF01388. Please include a CV containing previous research experience, GPA and three references. Also, please include a short cover letter on why you are interested in this position and on your career goals.
If you have any questions please contact: Sophie Dumont, Ph.D. dumontlabUCSF@gmail.com Thank you for your interest!
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