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Part-time Laboratory Assistant Position in Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory

A part-time laboratory assistant position is available in the laboratory of EM Farre in the Department of Plant Biology for an undergraduate student in Computer Science, Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology. The Farre lab is focused on the study of circadian rhythms in plants (http://www.plantbiology.msu.edu/faculty/faculty-research/eva-farre). The laboratory assistant will assist in tasks in a molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory in the Department of Plant Biology. Tasks will include performing molecular experiments, planting and maintaining plants, lab maintenance, and assisting other scientists with experiments. Expected work effort 10-12 hours per week. The position is open as of September 1, 2008.

Desired Skills:

Student enrolled in biological sciences with the ability to work in a team environment, ability to work unsupervised, and demonstrated ability to show initiative. The student should have a basic understanding of chemistry and biology.

Application Information:

Send electronically (PDF format) a resume that includes education, experience, and relevant skills to: Eva Farre, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Plant Biology,166 Plant Biology, East Lansing MI 48824-1312, Email: farre@msu.edu

Lab Technician Opening: Job Summary

This position is responsible for a wide range of laboratory support in a plant molecular biology/genetics/biochemistry. Required knowledge and skills include basic molecular biology skills including plasmid isolation, genotyping, RNA isolation, RNA amplification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, protein extraction and western blot. Expertise in cloning is required. Knowledge of use of standard molecular biology/biochemistry instrumentation including autoclave, PCR machine, microfuge, centrifuge, gel documentation system. Demonstrated capabilities in computer programs (PC-based) are required. Person will be also responsible for ordering, maintenance of supplies, and managing the laboratory.

Required Skills: Communication Skills: Ability to present project data (Orally and written). Ability to contribute to project meetings through presentation of laboratory activities. Ability to document laboratory practices, efforts, and activities.

Other Skills: Experience in working in a team environment. Demonstrated ability to multi-task as required. Ability to read scientific literature pertinent to job. Mentoring of other staff required. Critical thinking and assessment skills are needed for the position. The ability to work independently yet contribute to the overall efforts of the team is essential. Competency in PC programs including MS Office, Excel, and Powerpoint are required.

Degree Requirements: B. S. in Biology/Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry and at least one year relevant experience.

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