Coordinate administrative, technical and research activities in the lab. Carry out ecological/evolutionary experiments (both microcosms in laboratory settings and mesocosms at Duke Forest) and help with experimental design, implementation and data analysis. Co-supervise undergraduate students. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, but also be an excellent team member.
Oversee all aspects of laboratory compliance with Duke and other policies as well as all research-adjacent activities (time/space management, undergraduate activities and outreach events in the lab).
Perform complex research laboratory techniques such as but not limited to: DNA/RNA/protein extraction and purification from cell lines and other tissues, maintain protist and other freshwater organism cultures, perform ecological assays such as foraging experiments, population counts over time, manipulations of media and or other environmental conditions using growth chambers, quantify cell phenotypes using flow cytometry (FlowCAM).
Provide oversight and mentoring of undergraduate researchers in areas of project design, data analysis, and troubleshooting, as well as instruction in technical skills.
Direct and oversee junior technical personnel in data analysis and technical laboratory skills.
Facilitation of graduate research through instruction and troubleshooting of techniques and assisting in project design.
Manage the safety of the lab with special attention paid to training of personnel, management of safe physical spaces, management of hazardous materials and possibly pathogenic agents, creation and maintenance of Standard Operation Procedures for techniques and individual chemicals. Serve as the primary point of contact for the Occupational and Environmental Safety Office.
Liaise with animal, biosafety, and other oversight offices regarding approvals needed for research efforts. Liaise with Duke Forest and manage mesocosm facilities and experiments.
Coordinate equipment assessment, purchasing, maintenance, and oversight. Respond to equipment and space audit requests.
Procure and maintain inventories of reagents, supplies, and samples as needed to support research activities of all lab personnel.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Education/Training: Work requires a bachelor degree in biology, or related field.
Experience: At least one year of research experience is preferred but a combination of education and research-related experience may be taken into account.
Skills: Candidate must be fluent in ecological terminology and have a good understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes.
Problem-solving and troubleshooting skills are a must.
Sterile technique for maintenance of live cultures.
Ability to handle live organisms (including vertebrates).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience with the molecular biology techniques for extraction, isolation, and analysis of DNA/RNA would be a strong differential.
Coding experience is preferred but not indispensable (e.g. R, Julia, Python, Mathematica).
Please apply for this position through Academic Jobs Online, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo, job #13045.
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