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Requisition # 318

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
College:Carver College of Medicine
Department:Microbiology and Immunology


Salary:$30,650.00 - $32,850.00

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

A research intern is needed to assist the Weber lab in their studies on host-pathogen interactions and subversion of the innate immune by Chlamydia trachomatis. The candidate will play a support role; assisting other lab members with their projects, placing orders, cleaning and maintaining the laboratory, managing chemical and freezer inventories among other lab related tasks. This appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. 

Research: Perform research activities based upon protocols developed by other research staff or principal investigator of the research project. Read and review articles as directed. As individual skills develop, analyze literature to develop hypotheses for discussion with other researchers or principal investigator.

·         Perform library and online research on specified topics for use in experimentation.

·         Perform experimental studies based on given hypotheses and goals; evaluate and record outcomes of experiments based on hypotheses and goals and submit for investigator’s inspection.

·         Assist in the analysis and interpretation of experiments.

·         Observe techniques in other laboratories.


Experiments, Investigations, Evaluations: Read and understand protocols. Arrange and plan daily activities to prepare for research protocols. Set up and operate research materials or equipment. Perform procedures assuring fidelity to protocols. Adhere to safety and compliance guidelines. Collect, record and consolidate data as directed by the Principal Investigator. Track progress of research activities. As individual skills develop: troubleshoot, analyze and propose modifications to protocols; perform complex techniques per protocol; test and evaluate current procedures; develop and implement procedures for monitoring data integrity; may present results at team meetings.

·         Maintain and passage multiple cell lines.

·         Purify chlamydia from infected cells by density gradient.

·         Use immunofluorescent microscopy to titer bacterial stocks.

·         Perform molecular biology experiments including cloning, construction of vectors for expression in multiple chlamydial serovars, and make mutants using site-specific gene inactivation.

·         Prepare chemical solutions and media according to established protocols.

·         Maintain bacterial and eukaryotic stocks and inventory.

·         Complete work within specified time guidelines; discuss progress and any problems as needed.

Collect, Analyze, and Summarize Data; Prepare Reports; Contribute to Manuscripts and Publications: Collect and track data, perform data entry for reports and maintain records of methods used. Prepare materials for reports. As skills develop, analyze data. Prepare bibliographies and abstracts for publications. May present results/findings at team and departmental meetings.

·         Present research progress at lab meetings.

·         Assist in the preparation of manuscripts and grants by organizing data and preparing images, figures, and tables as directed.


Administrative and Project Management: Track various indicators of project progress and summarize in reports to the research team. Assist in documenting compliance with safety and regulatory guidelines.

·         Assist in maintaining accurate records of laboratory databases (equipment and supplies, reagents, and microbial strains and stocks).


Facilities and Equipment Management: Assist in the preparation, calibration, and maintenance of laboratory and facility equipment. Assist with procurement of supplies and materials. May initiate purchasing requests, monitor accounts/expenditures; reconcile statements.

·         Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment, including the timely ordering, receiving, and proper storage of supplies and equipment.

·         Assist in maintaining general laboratory functionality.

·         Assist in developing new protocols.

·         Maintain a clean work area.

Education Requirement:

A Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or Immunology.

Required Qualifications:

US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position.

A minimum of 3-months experience working in a microbiology or molecular biology laboratory is required. Prior experience working with pathogenic microorganisms is preferred, but not required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·         Basic proficiency with each of the following:

o    General microbiologic techniques, such as culture, storage, and safe handling of pathogenic agents.

o    Standard molecular techniques, including PCR, plasmid purification, bacterial transformation, agarose gel electrophoresis, and western blotting.

o    Mammalian cell culture and sterile techniques.

o    Gathering, recording, and analyzing of experimental data.

o    Data analysis and presentation software, such as Excel, Photoshop, and GraphPad Prism.

·         Working proficiency with each of the following:

o    Ability to effectively prioritize projects to consistently meet deadlines.

o    Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

o    Attention to detail and accuracy.

Desirable Qualifications:

·         Working proficiency with each of the following:

o    Passaging and maintaining various cell lines.

o    Immunofluorescence microscopy.

Online Application Required Documents

Name and Contact Information of References
 Number of References:  3

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Contact Information

Contact:Angie C Robertson -
Cmed-Microbiology & Immunology
Bowen Science Building
51 Newton Road
3-403 BSB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Department URL:

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