Employer: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. At HHMI, you are not just an employee – you are a part of a creative and talented team with colleagues whose expertise ranges from biomedical research to investment management, from information technology to law. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an adaptable environment where employees can function at their highest level. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference. We are currently looking for a highly motivated Research Technician to support the lab of Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. In the 21st century, explorations at the interface of chemistry and biology will spawn new medicines and diagnostics that improve human health, technologies for probing natural biology, and roadmaps for creating synthetic forms of life engineered to serve human needs. The Bertozzi lab’s research centers on creating new platform technologies that promote these endeavors as well as applying chemical approaches to study systems that elude more conventional methods of biological inquiry. Examples of technologies that drive their research are bioorthogonal chemistries, site-specific protein modification methods, and synthetic glycopolymers that emulate cell-surface glycoproteins. More information about the lab can be found here: https://bertozzigroup.stanford.edu/ This support role will serve as back-up to the lab manager and will perform tasks such as maintaining adequate supplies for experimental needs, assist in equipment maintenance, and help manage safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. The ideal candidate will be incredibly organized, detail-oriented, assertive, have an interest in laboratory operations, and have a strong desire to help support the Bertozzi lab’s goals. Principal Responsibilities: Support a lab of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research scientistsWork efficiently and cooperatively with a large team of researchersPrepare media and stock solutions for bacterial culturesMaintain competent cell stocks and restriction enzyme stocksHelp maintain lab organization, order and manage inventory, and stock suppliesScan paper lab notebooks into digital and upload to the lab’s Dropbox accountMay assist with research projects and contribute to technical training as neededOther special projects and duties as assigned Qualifications: EducationBachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field is required. ExperienceAt least 3-5 years of relevant experience with molecular and cellular biology experimental techniques and understanding of the underlying scientific principles.Experience in tissue culture and working with bacteria is preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesStrong attention to detail with highly accurate work productStrong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with the Mac platform and Microsoft Office applicationsExcellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to use good judgment in responding to inquiriesAble to interact effectively with a wide variety of people at all levelsStrong organizational skills and ability to work efficientlyAbility to be a team player who can work well both as part of a large group and independently Physical RequirementsLifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 30 poundsStoops, bends, and stands for up to an hourReaches and grasps with arms and hands HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.