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Research Technician - the Bolnick Lab

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

Two Research Technician positions are available in Dr. Daniel Bolnick's research group in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut.

Tasks: The technicians will be funded by a National Institutes of Health grant to study immunology and genetics of a vertebrate host's resistance to a helminth parasite, and parasite evasion of host immunity. Previous work by the Bolnick lab identified naturally evolved variation in stickleback fishes' resistance to a severe cestode parasite (Weber et al 2017 American Naturalist; Weber et al 2017 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). The technicians will contribute to this research by assisting with fish care, experimental infection and immune challenge assays, molecular genetics lab work, transgenic experiments, cell culture, and immune assays. The technicians will also assist with maintaining a stocked and organized laboratory. Some field research on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, will also be an option. These research tasks will be partitioned between two technicians according to their areas of interest and expertise.

Duration: The positions are annual contracts that can be extended for up to four years subject to annual performance reviews. The technicians should be able to start in summer or fall 2018, exact dates to be negotiated with the PI.

Compensation: Starting salary will be between $30-$35,000 depending on experience, plus health benefits.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a BS, BA, or MA degree in biology or a closely related field. Prior experience with molecular genetics, immunology, and/or fish care is a plus. Previous research experience and work records should demonstrated a commitment to research, good work ethic, lab skills, and organizational ability.

Applications should electronically submit a single pdf file containing the following, in order:1) Coverletter, including a summary of research experience and career goals 2) CV 3) List of three references, with contact information (email, telephone, and mailing address). We will request letters directly from these references, after identifying top candidates.

The application file should be emailed to Dr. Daniel Bolnick ( ). Include the subject line "Research Technician Application: ". Applications must be received by April 2, 2018 for full consideration, though the position is open until filled.

For questions about this position, please email Dr. Bolnick ( For information about the Bolnick Lab (presently at the University of Texas, moving to Connecticut this summer), visit the lab website ( ), lab photostream , and Dr. Bolnick's Google Scholar page.

Applicants with questions about disability services can privately discuss their application with the University Disability Services Office . The Bolnick Lab is simultaneously searching for postdoctoral researchers. The advertisements for those positions can be found on the lab website. With multiple positions open, this advertisement may be of interest to dual career couples.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Connecticut (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics

Fish Biology
Pathogen Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 9/1/2018
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