Under supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Staff Research Associate will collect and catalogue patient samples for the Clinical Neurogenomics Research Center (CNRC) Biobank using a biobanking software program. Multiple biological samples will be transported from the clinic to the research lab and processed for storage and use in research experiments. The Staff Research Associate will also be responsible for retrieving, aliquoting, and preparing samples for transfer from the biobank to researchers. You may also perform molecular biology experiments to support research projects investigating the genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
Job duties primarily may include but are not limited to: molecular and cellular biology techniques such as bio-specimen collection and handling (including human blood and tissue); DNA/RNA extraction; generating DNA plasmids; cell culture studies; performing PCR and gel electrophoresis; conducting real-time PCR experiments; isolating protein extracts and running Western blots; primary neuronal and cell line tissue culture; and/or preparing buffers, solutions, and chemicals for lab experiments.
B.S. degree or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computational Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related field.
General working knowledge of neuroscience, molecular biology, and/or cell biology theories and principles.
Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to switch focus as needed.
Willingness to work occasional overtime in order to meet deadlines.
Ability to keep accurate and organized records of experiments, procedures, and data.
Working knowledge of basic genetic and molecular genetic principles (e.g., genetic inheritance, DNA transcription, RNA processing etc.)
Knowledge of basic molecular biology/cell biology/genetic techniques.
Knowledge of chemistry to prepare solutions for lab experiments.
Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures for handling chemical, biohazard, and medical waste.
Working knowledge and ability to use computers (PC, MAC, and UNIX or related operating systems), software, and related hardware.
Familiarity with next-generation sequencing methods and analysis
Working knowledge of bioinformatics, systems biology, and biostatistics
Familiarity using online bioinformatic resources (e.g., Exome Aggregation Consortium database etc.) and/or related commercial products.
Knowledge of Computer Programming (R preferred)
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.