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Research Assistant I (Prebys Center)

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Research Assistant I (Prebys Center)

La Jolla, CA
  • Responsibilities

    SBP is a preeminent, independent biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding human biology and disease, and advancing scientific discoveries to profoundly impact human health. For over 40 years, our research has produced breakthroughs in cancer, neuroscience, immunology and children’s diseases, and is anchored by our NCI-designated cancer center and advanced drug discovery capabilities.

    The vision of Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics (Prebys Center) at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) is to be the world’s leading academic drug discovery and development organization, an epicenter for innovative approaches to accelerate the discovery of new drugs to help save lives and treat disease.

    The Research Assistant I will be working in the Bang lab. The Research Assistant will be learning new technologies, as well as applying existing knowledge to procedures and bench-work.

    This position is to support efforts to develop patient specific, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) “disease in a dish” models at the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, a state-of-the-art drug discovery center at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. The position will focus on the development of hiPSC-based models of neurological disease for drug screening, target identification and toxicity assessment, and will utilize high throughput drug screening technologies including high content screening and multi-electrode arrays.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Culture induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines.
    • Organize and bank cell lines
    • Assist in development of protocols to scale-up and differentiate iPSC
    • Assist in analysis of iPSC derived cell-types by molecular, immunocytochemical, and electrophysiological techniques
    • Assist in development of cell-based assays and in transfer to high throughput screening format
    • Assist in data interpretation and reporting

    Required Skills Required Experience

    • BS in the life sciences or related field
    • 1-5 years relevant laboratory experience
    • Experience in mammalian cell culture, immunocytochemistry, microscopy, QPCR, and general molecular techniques preferred
    • Experience in stem cell biology and/or neurobiology, and/or electrophysiology, preferred

    Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities

    • Work independently as well as in a team environment
    • Be responsible and have strong time management skills
    • Able to analyze and resolve issues of moderate complexity
    • Possess strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills
    • Professional proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Embody the Institute’s core values of Commitment, Collaboration, Communication, Community and Compassion

    Other Requirements

    • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects in a rapidly changing, deadline-driven environment is required
    • Good work ethic and demonstrated ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
    • Strong organizational skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Embody the Institute’s core values of Commitment, Collaboration, Communication, Community and Compassion.

    Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability – committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law. For additional information about your rights as an applicant, click HERE.