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Ganz Lab Research Technician

 The Ganz Laboratory (www.ganzlab.org) at Michigan State University is looking to fill an immediate opening for the position of Research Lab Technician.

Position summary:We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and responsible individual to join an exciting research team focused on understanding nervous system development, regeneration, and disease using zebrafish as our model organism. The successful applicant will be involved in research using state-of-the-art molecular, genomics, developmental, and imaging techniques to understand how stem cells generate a complex nervous system during development, in the context of human disease, and during regeneration. This is a full-time appointment and offers excellent benefits (healthcare, dental, etc.). The initial appointment will be for a year with a 6-month probationary period; yearly reappointments will be possible for successful and productive candidates, contingent upon available funding.


Primary Accountabilities: Primary responsibilities include conducting molecular biology, genome editing, developmental, embryological, and imaging experiments as directed by the principal investigator (60%), training undergraduate assistants and other lab members in conducting basic molecular biology tasks (20%), and laboratory administration/ maintenance tasks (20%).


Minimum requirements: Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, or related field of biological sciences; 6+ months experience with standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, cloning, DNA sequencing); Must be dependable, with excellent organization, communication, and basic computer skills.


Desired qualifications: Master’s degree in Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, or related field. One to two years post-degree experience working in a molecular biology/developmental biology/neuroscience lab; knowledge of zebrafish biology, development, and genetics; experience with microscopy work and imaging techniques; experience with next generation sequencing approaches; strong communication and interpersonal skills; strong time management skills; strong organizational skills; evidence of experience with project planning; evidence of enthusiasm to master new techniques; evidence of accurate performance and attention to detail; evidence of successful completion of prior research goals; evidence of accurate and detailed record keeping. Experience with use of various desktop computer software including database management (Microsoft Office, Dropbox, FileMaker Pro, etc.). 


Apply here: https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/513906/research-technologist-i

Please reach out to Dr. Ganz (ganz@msu.edu) for questions.