InStem Entomology/Transgenics Research Assistant Vacancy

Job Title: Research Assistant with the Tata Institute of Genetics and Society, inStem labs, Bangalore, Karnataka
This person will report to the Insectary Manager and must have experience working in a biological laboratory environment and ideally should have an interest in vector borne disease research. Should have the ability to work unsupervised, be meticulous with following protocols, record-keeping and have good time-management skills. Must be self-motivated and able to work well in a team (includes post-doctoral scientists, graduate students and laboratory support staff). Good knowledge about mosquito genetics, mosquito breeding and crossing.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Rear and maintain mosquito stocks (Anopheles stephensiAedes aegypti, etc) and experimental colonies in the Insectary at the TIGS-Bangalore, India
  • Conduct crossing and screening offspring for appropriate marker genes.
  • Maintain meticulous records of mosquito life history table and experimental outcomes.
  • Assist with various in vivo experiments within the malaria team.
  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the insectary.
  • Ordering of stocks, preparation of reagents and maintaining stocks etc.
  • Maintenance of equipment and supplies in the insectary.
  • Assist in the writing and review of basic standard operating procedures, protocols etc.
  • Perform initial analysis and observations with ongoing experiments.
  • Attend appropriate meetings and training opportunities within the lab and Institute.
  • Keep up to date with and advise on matters relating to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • Detailed record keeping, photo documentation and other regulations relevant to the post.
  • Keeping detailed records for all injection runs and their outcomes.
  • Documenting genetic phenotypes and assisting with weekly/month presentations.
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to organize samples and record results in a clear and organized fashion.
  • IT skills including a knowledge of Word, Excel (i.e. data bases) and PowerPoint programs.
  • Ability to organize own work load and take initiative as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations in a laboratory environment.
  • Excellent communication in English is a stringent requirement.
Essential Qualifications:
Graduate in Science subjects (Biological Sciences) from a recognized university with two or three years work experience in the field of entomology or mosquito handling or M.Sc. in Life Sciences subjects
  • Work experience in the field of Medical Entomology
  • Experience creating, screening, and rearing transgenic insects
Application deadline: Mar 25, 2018 
Applicants are requested to email with a CV, brief write-up covering letter describing your interest and qualifications for the job.

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