Research Associate 2 (Molecular Biology)

University of Miami Homestead, FL 2018-11-08
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.


This is a technical position for a highly motivated Research Associate 2 to join a developmental biology lab at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology, Interdiscilinary Stem Cell Institute. The candidate would particularly be involved in performing molecular biology and biochemical assays, managing and maintaining mutant mouse colonies, and working with mouse embryos. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic about contributing to the dynamic research program and willing to assist other cross-functional teams when needed.

The duties and responsibilities for this position may include, but are not limited to:
  • Performing molecular biology techniques; including but not limited to cloning, bacterial transformation, DNA preps, PCR, DNA/RNA isolation from cells, mouse embryos and tissues, RT-PCR, qPCR, production of lentiviral vectors, and lentiviruses.
  • Performing protein analysis including western blotting and immunofluorescence.
  • Maintaining and managing mouse colonies.
  • Mouse embryo collection and dissections.
  • Tissue cryofixation and cryosectioning.
  • Maintaining lab inventories.

The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or other related fields, with two years of experience working in a biotech company or academic research lab. Broad knowledge base in cell, molecular biology, and mouse genetics. Expertise in a variety of laboratory techniques such as recombinant DNA technology, including cloning, DNA/RNA isolation and analysis, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, Western Blot is required. Expertise in sterile tissue culture techniques including, transfection, transduction, working with mice, and managing mouse colonies. Ability to work independently. Strong technical skills to generate high quality and reproducible data is a must. Appropriate data analysis and maintenance of meticulous and accurate records is required. Detail oriented and with time management skills. Must be proactive, cooperative, and willing to work in a small team environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proficient with MS Office and other commonly used software.


UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more.
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