Research Lab Assistant position available in Strassmann Queller Lab

This position is full-time and works 37.5 hours per week. This position is in the Department of Biology.  This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Position Summary: A full-time position for a research assistant requiring good communication and organizational skills, and a willingness to learn new techniques.  The individual must be able to work independently, will be expected to design and implement experiments, analyze data and troubleshoot as needed using our study organism Dictyostelium discoideum.  Consequently, there are potential opportunities to co-author scientific publications and present at scientific meetings. Research will use behavioral, genetic, genomic, microbiological, cell biology, molecular biology, and field techniques.  A description of the many exciting projects ongoing in our laboratory may be found on our website (

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Research duties: Design, set up and perform experiments outlined by supervisor. Suggest new directions and possible next steps.  Collect data and perform analysis and determine results.  Maintain large collection of field collected Dictyostelid and bacteria strains.  Co-author resulting papers and present.
  2. Lab management: Safety officer, promoting discussion between investigators, implementing changes to protocols and ensuring lab is stocked and running smoothly.  This will require adaptation and development of new protocols as new lab members join.
  3. Participate in mentoring and training of 3-4 students and lab discussions.
  4. Quality control: Maintain a clean and safe lab.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Biology, Biotechnology, or related field.  Ability to work well both independently and in a group.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and have great attention to detail.
  • Capacity to supervise undergraduate students and advise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows effectively when needed.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with basic laboratory calculations and solutions.
  • Ability to independently design and implement experiments, as well as interpret results.
  • Excellent organizational and data management skills.
  • Attention to details.  Proficiency with computers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Biology, Biotechnology, or related field.
  • Cell culture and microbiological experience.

Candidates can apply by navigating to and searching for the job opening number 44672.