The University of Maryland Insect Transformation Facility (ITF) is an international resource for insect genomic modification. This position will involve rearing various species of insects, mainly mosquitoes for genome modification. Duties will also include general molecular biology skills including Sterile technique, Bacterial culture, Gel electrophoresis, Plasmid preparation, PCR, mRNA Preparation. Communication will be important for this position, both verbal and written for coordination of ITF projects with other ITF staff, and communication of data to other members of the ITF staff and to clients. The ITF also hosts an annual international workshop on Insect Genetic Technologies and this position will be involved with organization, preparation and assisting with instructional activities during the workshop.
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Insect Rearing : a) Mosquito Rearing: Egg collection, Larva rearing, Pupa collection, Pupa sexing by size, Adult sexing, Blood feeding b) Drosophila rearing: Diet preparation, Colony maintenance c) Various species as needed;
-Insect Genome Modification a) Embryo manipulation for microinjection b) Transgenic insect screening: Visual marker screening and PCR screening for indels;
-Molecular Biology: Sterile technique, Bacterial culture, Gel electrophoresis, Plasmid preparation, PCR, mRNA Preparation;
-Communication and Data collections Skills: Verbal, Written, Computer (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software) Data collection, organization, and sharing with other team members and clients;
-Animal Care: Mouse cage changes, Animal Room Cleaning and Animal Room Documentation;
-Workshop Support and Instruction:Support preparation and workshop activities for a international workshop on insect genetic technologies.
The Institute is a joint research enterprise between the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Baltimore and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, situated in the heart of Maryland’s Biotechnology Corridor. It has an outstanding group of scientists and engineers focused on basic and translational research, and strong ties to the NIST Biomolecular Measurement Division and the NIST Center for Neutron Research.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree on a biological or chemical science or related field.
Preferences: Entomological experience preferred but not necessary.
Applications: Applicants should send their resume, cover letter and names/contact
information of three references to: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/62817
Closing Date: Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.