We currently have three openings in our lab to start immediately.
One postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Sawakuchi Lab. The primary research project involves investigations of DNA repair response induced by therapeutic proton beams. Particularly, the postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the development of new biophysical approaches to improve proton therapy. The main goal of the project is to demonstrate in a pre-clinical model that combining proton therapy with deficiencies in DNA repair pathways will improve tumor control.
Ideal candidates should have finished their Ph.D. degrees in radiobiology, biophysics, biomedical sciences, or similar research fields. Experience with DNA damage assays is essential. Experience working with fluorescence confocal microscopy, live cell imaging, immunostaining techniques and radiation biology is important. In addition, experience with small animal manipulation, image processing, confocal microscopy instrumentation and proton physics/biology are highly desired. Good verbal and written communication skills are also important. The individual is expected to work within a large group of motivated interdisciplinary researchers.
Interested applicants should submit a CV with a full list of publications, a brief statement of research interest, and the contact details of three references to:
Gabriel O. Sawakuchi, Assistant Professor
Two research assistant positions are available in the Sawakuchi Lab to start immediately.
Summary: the primary purpose of the Research Assistant position is to perform laboratory radiobiology research projects on in vitro and in vivo models.
Key Functions: the individual will work under the supervision of the principal investigator on experiments in proton therapy radiobiology.
- Being able to work on a flexible schedule; working on weekends may be required if research projects dictate.
- Performing in vitro laboratory experiments:
- Requires working at the laboratory bench, where standard protective clothing and safe procedures must be followed.
- Perform laboratory duties including, but not limited to, cell culture, clonogenic cell survival assays, western blotting, immunostaining, drug treatments.
- Able to prepare laboratory solutions.
- Participate in shared lab tasks, including monitoring areas for cleaning.
- Must keep an organized laboratory notebook and records.
- Must be able to perform basic analysis of experiments, including generation of figures.
- Record keeping and data collection:
- Maintains accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols.
- Prepares graphs, slides and tables via photography, computer, or manually.
- Able to work with database, graphing and word processing computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word.
- Communicates results to and understands instructions from principal investigator and colleagues. Fluent spoken and written English is essential.
- Discusses goals of each project with supervisor. With help of supervisor, develops a step-by-step written procedure outlining the specific actions required to conduct the experiment before proceeding.
- Participates in lab meetings and presents data where necessary.
- Laboratory safety/lab equipment maintenance:
- Demonstrates and practices lab safety precautions.
- Receives verbal and/or written instructions from principal investigator on standards and specialized lab safety procedures.
- Attends annual safety courses required by MDA and other agencies. Handles, stores, and disposes of chemically hazardous materials, and biohazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines.
- Follows manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the handling and maintenance of all lab equipment. Will have working knowledge of equipment operation manuals and procedure manuals whenever necessary.
- Responsible for ordering reagents and materials when needed.
- Responsible for receiving and storing lab supplies when needed.
- Responsible for keeping lab inventory updated.
- Marginal or Period Functions
- Performs basic molecular analyses and other lab duties assigned by the supervisor.
- Collects and organizes information for project reports.
- Must possess the ability to be clearly understood by verbal communication in face-to-face encounters and by telephone, read printed and written data, assimilate pertinent information in order to communicate in written correspondence. Must be able to communicate well verbally and in writing. Must be able to understand verbal and written directions. Must be able to respond and assist other employees and visitors, as required.
Required: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.
Preferred: Master’s degree in biomedical sciences.
Required: Two years experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.
Preferred: Mouse handling experience.
Interested applicants should submit a resume highlighting the her/his technical skills, a brief statement of research interest, and the contact details of up to three references to:
Gabriel O. Sawakuchi, Assistant Professor
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