Research Assistant I - Gene Expression Laboratory, Dr. Ron Evans

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA, USA
  • Jul 05, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Application Instructions:

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We are seeking a creative and motivated Research Assistant with strong experimental skills to support the development of novel cell therapy-based approaches for type 1 diabetes (Nature, 586: 606-11, 2020). The role will focus on differentiation of iPSC/ESC to functionally active organoids, help streamline and establish a robust process and aid in the translation of this work to external partners.


(45%) Stem Cell Work

  • Maintenance and differentiation of iPSC/ESC to functionally active organoids
  • Preparation / maintenance of cell culture media, growth factors and reagents for stem cell work.
  • Growing, passaging, and maintenance of organoid cultures.
  • Viability assay for organoids.
  • Harvesting and isolation of organoid cells for FACS sorter.

(25%) Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry Techniques

  • Plasmid DNA ( Maxi and mini) and RNA preparation from tissues and cells
  • Gel Electrophoresis ( DNA, RNA, Protein ( SDS-page, Western Blotting)
  • Molecular cloning
  • Analysis of DNA/ RNA quality using Agilent BioAnalyzer
  • PCR/ qPCR in 384 -well format
  • cDNA synthesis from RNA

(20%) Mouse Colony Handling and Maintenance

  • Mouse husbandry/ feeding with special diet/ weaning, mating, breeding
  • Weighing/ Euthanizing / Mouse survival surgery
  • Dissection ad harvesting of mouse tissues
  • Tail clipping/ ear punching
  • Genotyping

(10%) Lab Support

  • Assist with preparing standard/general tock solutions.
  • Assist with weekly inventory and ordering of general lab supplies.
  • Assist with receipt and organization of incoming lab supplies.
  • Assist in disposal of hazardous, biohazard waste and chemical waste



  • No professional experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience and application of molecular biology knowledge preferably in biochemistry and cell culture.
  • Demonstrated experience with general lab maintenance, including cleaning, stocking supply inventory, and ensuring the maintenance of a sterile environment.


  • Familiarity with molecular biology techniques
  • Experience with cell culture techniques
  • Familiarity with cell culture instrumentation
  • Previous experience in IPSC cultures



  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, biochemistry or related field


  • MS in Biology or related field



  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of tissue culture and molecular biology techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions.
  • Ability to learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and/or written protocols, including follow-up on previously begun procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to record data accurately and enter into appropriate medium.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
  • Proficiency with common office software applications as well as software applications used for research, recording, and analysis.


  • Detail oriented with ability to understand and follow standard procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills


  • 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 confidentiality agreement


This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, and writing. 


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