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The Research Assistant will significantly contribute to research projects involving the integration of hematopoiesis with the organs-on-chip platform. The successful candidate will have experience working in the area of hematopoiesis, immunology, and/or stem cell biology. He or she will be responsible for the isolation of cells derived from human bone marrow and cord blood and their ex-vivo culture within microfluidic organ-on-chip devices. Additionally, he or she will participate in the development and validation of various in-vitro assays to characterize the hematopoietic cells, such as fluorescent imaging, qPCR, ELISA, and western blot analysis. The candidate will be expected to work efficiently and independently under the supervision of staff and faculty to design and execute experiments, analyze data, learn new skills, troubleshoot, and to contribute intellectually to projects. In addition, the candidate will perform support activities, such as lab maintenance and ordering supplies, and function in a team-oriented environment with other scientists and staff at the Institute. The candidate will participate in the preparation of manuscripts, grant applications, and patent applications. Under the supervision of staff the candidate may present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.
This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of renewal. Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.
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Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering. At least two years of experience working with hematopoietic cells (either bone marrow or cord blood derived) and/or bone marrow stromal cells or related experience. Education may count toward years of experience.
Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology or Bioengineering preferred. Prior flow cytometry experience is highly desirable. The ability to work well independently and collaborate with a multidisciplinary group is essential, as are good written and oral communication skills. Prior experience with microfluidic devices, hematopoietic cell culture, or histology/microscopy is a plus. The candidate should be highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to take initiative.
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