Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.
We currently have a Research Technician role open within the lab of Dr. Kang Shen at Stanford University in Stanford, CA. Dr. Shen’s lab studies fundamental cell biology questions in the nervous system. These questions include how neurons form their synaptic connections by choosing specific synaptic partners, at particular subcellular locations, with appropriate size and density; how dendrites acquire their shape; and how neurons achieve polarized microtubule organizations. His lab takes advantage of the simple neural circuits and genetic tools of C. elegans to study these questions in vivo.
This role will be an important part of supporting the science in the lab – and, depending on skillset, may have expanded opportunity to participate independently on research projects.
- Work efficiently and cooperatively with a team of researchers in support of projects
- Conduct literature reviews to assist in determining the most suitable methods to be used in research
- Perform technical procedures such as electrophoresis, chromatography, animal surgery, and microscopy
- Operate complex scientific instrumentation
- Maintain worm strain database – involving the freezing and thawing of worm strains
- Make competent cells – once every three to four months
- Prepare reagents (LB; M9)
- Prepare LB antibiotic plates – every two weeks
- Prepare NGM plates and NGM natamycin plates – twice a week
- Order and restock consumables within the lab
- Wash and autoclave glassware
- Actively contribute to laboratory meetings and planning sessions
- Other duties as required
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor of Science degree in an appropriate field of science or technology or equivalent in education and experience
- Two to four years of related research experience
- Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, work independently, use good judgment, and monitor completion of assigned duties
- Ability to operate complex scientific equipment.
HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.