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Research Assistant, Sr. - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis County, Missouri, US
Closing date
May 26, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Who is Saint Louis University? Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

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Job Summary

We are looking for applicants for a research assistant position in the Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, beginning in the spring of 2022. Successful candidates are expected to have a bachelor's or master's degree in molecular & cell biology, biochemistry, or biophysics, with research experience in mammalian/insect cell culture protein expression. The laboratory of Dr. Reza Dastvan focuses on the molecular understanding of the cellular release mechanism of the brain-type creatine kinase and sphingosine kinase isoforms 1 and 2 as key therapeutic targets in a wide variety of neoplastic, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, the lab investigates the structural dynamics of membrane transporters associated with the survival of metastatic cells. This position requires experience in protein expression and purification and standard molecular biology procedures, the ability to work in a team and knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and record keeping. The research assistant will support ongoing experiments in molecular biology, cell culture and protein expression/purification. Motivated individuals will have their own projects and perform structural biology related research. Additional responsibilities will include maintenance of common lab supplies including buffers and competent cells, organizing chemical stocks, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage and maintain inventory of lab reagents and equipment
  • Train new lab personnel and collaborators on equipment usage
  • Generate constructs of protein of interest and carry out site directed mutagenesis
  • Express proteins of interest in bacterial, insect or mammalian cells
  • Purify proteins and perform quality control by standard biochemical methods
  • Opportunity to perform independent research

Vaccine Protocol

Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster dose for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the University's vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employee's start date will result in termination of the employment. Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks.

The University will require all students, faculty and staff to obtain a booster vaccine dose prior to their start date, This applies to:
  • All adults over the age of 18 years who completed their vaccine series with Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago.
  • Those who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago.


Lab Support

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.
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