A Research Associate I position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Thomas Geisbert to support studies evaluating vaccines and treatments against BSL-4 viruses and to support work characterizing the pathogenesis of these agents in animal models. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent. The applicant must meet all State and Federal requirements necessary for working with Select Agents.
Under direct supervision performs standard research experiments following technical instructions in BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 work environments Performs functions of research projects utilizing hazardous viruses that require BSL-3 and/or BSL-4 containment
Performs technical services including but not limited to maintaining cell cultures, isolating peripheral blood mononuclear cells, plaque assays, virus neutralization assays, immunoblots, ELISA, tissue sampling and processing, and clinical pathology assays (hematology, clinical chemistry, blood coagulation) Assists in the compilation and tabulation of data and provides preliminary analysis
Maintains records of all tests performed and data collected
Maintains knowledge of BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 operations
Adheres to internal controls established for the department
Performs related duties as required
Education or experience in microbiology is preferred. Experience maintaining mammalian cell cultures is preferred. Experience performing plaque assays, virus neutralization assays, and ELISAs is preferred. Experience working with viruses in BSL-3 or BSL-4 is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent and no experience required.