Research Assistant I - Systems Neurobiology Laboratory - Dr. Edward Callaway

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Dec 07, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

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The Research Assistant is responsible for performing tasks and experiments in support of academic research projects. The position is responsible for maintenance of neurobiology techniques in support of the lab and the Principal Investigator's (PI) research goals. The RAI will be responsible for lab ordering. Manages the mouse colony and oversees other personnel conducting colony management and genotyping. Responsible for maintenance of molecular biology, cell culture, histological processing, microscopy and surgical supplies, equipment and facilities. Performs molecular biology and cell culture, brain sectioning, staining, and microscopy. Develops new molecular biology and histological staining protocols. Assists in the general laboratory maintenance.


(75%) Research Support

  • Maintenance of mouse colony
  • Performs molecular biology and cell culture, brain sectioning, staining, and microscopy
  • Develops new molecular biology and histological staining protocols

(25%) Lab Support

  • Stocking, ordering, maintaining, and keeping track of resources, chemicals, and supplies; manages, maintains and oversees inventory
  • Placing and approving orders on supplies; managing orders from other members of the lab
  • Performing regular maintenance and calibration of equipment; ensuring equipment is operational; arranging for repairs when necessary, or delegating maintenance or repairs to group members, as appropriate
  • Organizing cleanups
  • Training of incoming people, as appropriate
  • Communication with vendors and Salk personnel, operational and procedural
  • Ensuring and overseeing lab safety and with its compliance
  • Trains staff on specific molecular biology and related techniques, as appropriate. Trains laboratory personnel in proper use of laboratory equipment and equipment maintenance. Assists in hiring process of new staff.
  • Maintains logbooks for major equipment
  • Writes laboratory protocols for experiments and ensures their compliance within the laboratory.



  • No experience required with relevant degree
  • Experience with mouse colony management and genotyping
  • Mouse tagging and tailing and genotyping by PCR


  • Experience with brain sectioning and staining
  • Experience with cell culture
  • Experience with microscopy
  • Experience in a lab with a biochemical or molecular biology background



  • Bachelor's degree in biological or chemical sciences.



  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques
  • Ability to perform complex experiments and techniques with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.
  • Ability to design experiments and debug protocols, with help from supervisor.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize experimental and lab management work
  • Highly organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities and able to prioritize.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement. 


This position requires constant handling, seeing, sitting, touching/feeling, analyzing, calculating, reasoning, and working inside.


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