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Research Technician - REQID0002217

Mashruwala Lab |

Job ID: REQID0002217

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Early Lab Independence: Post-training, you might helm an independent project of your own!
  3. 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!
  4. Professional development: Opportunities to attend scientific conferences.
  5. A Unique Perspective: As a nascent research group, early members receive a privileged glimpse into the intricacies of initiating a research unit.
  6. Rewarding compensation: An attractive salary, benefits (medical, dental, vision, 403(b)), and relocation assistance.
  7. 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BS or MS in related fields like Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Biology etc. (Interdisciplinary degrees are welcome).
  2. 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

  1. Cover letter (1 page max): Share your motivation for joining our team, your skillset and any specific questions you wish to address with us. Exclude personal (gender, nationality, etc.) and institutional details in the cover letter.
  2. Statement (250 words max): Career goals and research interests.
  3. Research Summary/ Article Review (1 page max): Summary of either- a) your prior research experience, or b) an intriguing, recent, scientific article you read.
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Most recent academic transcripts: Either official or unofficial version
  6. References: Contact information for 2-5 professional references.
  7. Thesis copy: If applicable, a copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

Review of applications will begin on the 26th of February 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible.

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!

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