Research Assistant III/IV - Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. Kenta Asahina

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jun 18, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Job #: H003
Posted Date: May 20, 2020
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Research Assistant III/IV - Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. Kenta Asahina
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
Position Description:

This position is a part of a growing research team focused on understanding the genetic and neural control of animal behavior. Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), incumbent executes experiments and analysis of data outlined by the PI. The main duty is single-cell transcriptome analysis of neurons in the brains of the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Experience in next-generation sequencing, including sample preparation, library synthesis, and bioinformatics analysis, are essential. The incumbent will also assume essential laboratory management responsibility, which will require communication with various personnel in and outside of the laboratory for the smooth operation of laboratory research.



  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field.



  • 4 years minimum of experience conducting a project independently or with limited supervision, as a laboratory research assistant or equivalent position.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing next-generation sequencing reactions in Illumina or PacBio platform. This includes RNA extractions from biological samples, cDNA library constructions, sample loading, confirmation of sequencing data, and quality controls at each step.
  • Demonstrated application of molecular biology knowledge in nucleic acid (RNA and DNA) extraction from biological samples and DNA sequencing for independent troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated experience either in operating FACS, or in performing bioinformatics analysis on next-generation sequencing data.
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory management, including restocking, ordering, and maintenance of common laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, PCR machines, and pH meter.


  • Demonstrated experience in handling Drosophila melanogaster.
  • Demonstrated genetic knowledge on genetics, especially of Drosophila melanogaster.
  • Demonstrated experience in bioinformatics analysis on deep sequencing data.

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

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant grasping, hearing, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.

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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled