Join The Mashruwala Lab and Dive into the Intriguing World of Bacteria!
Our Mission: At the Mashruwala Lab, we seek to decode bacterial behaviors and their role(s) in the development of bacterial communities. Central to our focus is understanding the molecular underpinnings of regulated cell death (RCD) in bacteria — a bacterial behavior that echoes programmed cell death in multicellular organisms. By unraveling this evolutionarily ancient behavior, we aim to reveal pivotal new biology in bacteria, pioneer innovative therapeutics to curb bacterial infections and find clues to better understand cell death in humans. Dive deeper into our world and learn about the PI Dr. Ameya Mashruwala and read our publications.
Now Hiring: Research Technician
Who we seek? We're in search of inquisitive individuals who are fueled by a passion for exploration, and who delight in applying creativity to scientific endeavors. If you cherish the thrill of discovery, enjoy tackling challenges and solving complex problems, and thrive both solo and as part of a vibrant team, then you are the candidate we're looking for!
About the role: Perfect for those steering towards a research-centric career or aiming for graduate/medical school. Your tasks will be molded according to your research interests and experience, and early on will include training in cutting-edge imaging, bacterial genetics and molecular biology approaches and techniques, followed by performing experiments in collaboration with a PI/senior scientist. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with lab maintenance, performing safety checks, chemical inventory management, waste handling, and data organization.
What we offer:
- Training and mentorship: Opportunity for hands-on training from the PI, Ameya Mashruwala. Receive personalized guidance and mentoring tailored to your long-term professional and research aspirations.
- Early Lab Independence: Post-training, you might helm an independent project of your own!
- Unparalleled access to Cutting-edge Tech: Access to 16 unique Stowers Institute technology centers, brimming with expert collaborators for advice on research and hands-on-training!
- Professional development: Opportunities to attend scientific conferences.
- A Unique Perspective: As a nascent research group, early members receive a privileged glimpse into the intricacies of initiating a research unit.
- Rewarding compensation: An attractive salary, benefits (medical, dental, vision, 403(b)), and relocation assistance.
- Amazing Campus & Benefits: Features like an on-campus farm-to-fork café, fitness center, sports facilities, along with proximity to city hotspots and an affordable Midwest lifestyle in Kansas City. More details here and here.
- BS or MS in related fields like Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Biology etc. (Interdisciplinary degrees are welcome).
- Hands-on experience with molecular biology, microbiology, scripting languages (R, Python etc.), and/or analyses of large-scale datasets is appreciated but not mandatory.
How to Apply: Combine the following into a single PDF, in the order mentioned, with naming convention (LastName_Year_RTapp) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter (1 page max): Share your motivation for joining our team and your skillset. Exclude personal (gender, nationality etc) and institutional details, except academic qualifications from cover letter. Provide institutional specifics only in the CV.
- Statement (250 words max): Career goals and research interests.
- Research Summary/ Article Review (1 page max): One of either- a) Summary of your prior research experience, or b) Summary of an intriguing, recent, scientific article you read. Include why the article interests you and what was unique about the findings reported by the article.
- Curriculum vitae: Incorporate, as applicable, publication list, research experience, previous fellowships, internships, teaching experience and/or extracurriculars.
- Academic transcripts: Either official or unofficial college version
- References: Contact information for 2-5 professional references.
- Thesis copy: If applicable, a copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.
Review of applications will begin on the 23rd of October 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally would be in either early 2024 or summer 2024.
Take the Leap!
Intrigued? We invite you to embark on this microbial exploration with us! Remember, it's not about fitting a predefined mold — we celebrate diversity and cherish fresh perspectives. If that sounds like you, we eagerly await your application!Apply Now