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Research Assistant / Research Associate, Stem Cell and Cancer Biology

Employer: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Posted: June 14, 2014
Expires: August 14, 2014
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Science jobs from University of North Texas Health Science Center:
A newly-established Stem Cell & Rare Cell Biology Lab directed by Dr. Yu-Chieh (Jack) Wang at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is searching for a capable and enthusiastic Research Assistant to join their team. Working with Dr. Wang, the research assistant will participate in a collaborative effort towards using human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) and molecular biology techniques to dissect cell signaling involved in pluripotency regulation and melanoma formation. Specific tasks will include: Reprogram somatic cells and carry out repeated melanocytic differentiation of iPSCs using defined protocols previously developed by the Wang lab; Characterize cells and quantitate their differentiation using standard molecular and cellular biology techniques (e.g., mammalian cell culture, Western blotting, qRT-PCR, and flow cytometry) as well as systems biology approaches; Collect standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cellular reprogramming and lab operations from collaborating labs and test in standard tissue culture lab setting; Maintain lab notebook documenting the data generated during cell characterization experiments; * Carry out general lab support that may include maintaining equipment used in methods above and order supplies for experiments.

Background in cellular and molecular biology and tissue culture experience are required as are demonstrated writing and documentation skills. Bachelor's or Master's degree in biology or related field is highly preferred as is experience with molecular biological, stem cell culture and sterile laboratory techniques. Excellent communication, organizational and data documentation skills and great attention to detail are essential component of this position. The demonstrated ability to excel in a collaborative team-oriented environment is required.

This position requires a strong commitment to the project and certain flexibility to work irregular hours (e.g., weekends), but it offers the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research in an intellectually stimulating environment using state-of-the-art facilities. Traveling to different states for performing experiments in research collaborators' labs may be needed occasionally. A competitive salary and benefit package will be provided to the successful candidate.

Interested applicants should send their cover letters and CVs with the contact information of at least two professional references to Ms. Cristina Macias at

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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