Research Assistant for the Goldman group, Division of Cell and Gene Therapy, Center for Translational Neuromedicine
The Division of Cell and Gene Therapy of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine (CTN) is looking for an experienced and highly motivated Research Assistant to join the Goldman work group. The successful candidate must be interested and engaged academically in neuroscience, particularly in its translational applications. This position targets candidates with a Master’s degree interested in gaining more experience prior to pursuing an academic career in neuroscience.
Our research team
The Center for Translational Neuromedicine is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and is located in the Panum Institute. For more information, visit https://ctn.ku.dk/. The successful candidate will be part of the Goldman group, which focuses on utilizing human pluripotent stem cells as tools to study neural precursor and glial cell biology in normal and diseased environments. Of particular interest is the analysis of the epigenetic landscape of glial cell development in presence of neurological diseases such as Huntington’s disease and schizophrenia.
Job description and responsibilities
We are looking for a candidate who will be performing daily experiments in the group and who will integrate our team as an active member, bringing enthusiasm and ideas to the work being developed. Prior experience in neuroscience is mandatory. Ability to interpret the experimental results and formulate plans integrated with the up-to-date literature in the field is expected.
The experiments conducted in the group involve primarily (but are not limited to):
- Culture of human pluripotent stem cells and its derivation towards glial fate
- Flow cytometry
- DNA and RNA extraction
- PCR and qPCR
- Molecular cloning
- ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq
- DNA methylation
- Fluorescence microscopy and data analysis
Experience with all or as many of the techniques listed above is highly desirable. Additionally, proactivity and independence to setup and troubleshoot new protocols as new experiments are designed is expected to be taken as an attractive challenge. There will be an initial period of training until the candidate reaches familiarity and independency with the lab’s protocols. The ability to find a balance between learning fast and working independently, in one hand, while being able to freely ask questions when unsure about some aspects of the work is extremely important for the well-functioning of the team.
- QualificationsMaster’s degree in Human Biology or similar field
- Prior experience and interest in neuroscience
- Highly motivated candidate, passionate by science and driven to be part of translational efforts
- Language: fluent in English (written and verbal)
- Good scientific writing in English
- Well-organized, independent and pro-active
- Mature and calm under pressure
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment is according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
Working hours are 37 hours per week. Flexibility to adjust the schedule to the timings of experiments is expected and very important.
This is a 1-year position with the possibility of extension.
The successful candidate will report to Rossana Foti (group leader) and Steven Goldman (Principal Investigator).
Start date: 1 October/November 2019
Your application in English must be submitted by clicking 'Apply now'.
Application deadline is 22 September 2019.
Only online applications will be accepted and must include:
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivated application
- Copy of relevant diplomas
- Names and contact information of 3 references, with associated letters of recommendation
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