The Research Assistant will work on several projects performing behavioral assays with female Aedes aegypti mosquito strains to study how attracted they are to human skin odor. One project will investigate why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others. A second project will involve testing new compounds that may reduce mosquito biting behavior, with the eventual goal of developing these compounds into new methods of mosquito control. Responsibilities include managing the rearing of transgenic and CRISPR-Cas9 knock-out mosquito strains, sorting for fluorescent animals, genotyping, strain maintenance, and interfacing with students and postdocs on specific projects. The Research Assistant will join a vibrant, welcoming, and diverse workplace and will have the opportunity to seek mentorship from senior researchers to meet ongoing educational and professional goals.
Bachelor's Degree in science required; educational emphasis in the biological sciences preferred. Must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to be focused, careful, and meticulous. Must be comfortable multi-tasking and reporting to multiple members of the laboratory. Experience in molecular biology, genotyping, and fluorescence microscopy preferred. Will be trained in mosquito handling, performing behavioral assays, and data analysis.
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