Arizona Department of Economic Security Research Specialist in Flagstaff, Arizona

This job was posted by : For more information, please see: Job Description The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) at Northern Arizona Unversity seeks a Research Technician to perform basic and applied research focused on viral genomics and evolution. The top candidates for this position should be highly motivated and have experience with viral and cell culture, molecular genetic analyses, including RNA/DNA isolation, PCR/qPCR, gel electrophoresis, next-generation sequencing, and the ability to work with viruses under biosafety level 2 (BSL2) conditions. There is a possibility of future work in the PMI BSL3 laboratory that would involve handling viral pathogens such as Rift Valley fever virus, Oropouche virus and Western equine encephalitis virus. Extra emphasis will be given to candidates with command line scripting experience, though this is not a requirement. Primary duties will include: - Maintaining cell cultures- Passaging viruses- Molecular cloning- PCR/qPCR assay development and validation- Library preparation for next generation sequencing, including Illumina, PacBio and Oxford Nanopore platforms- Working under BSL2 conditions, with the possibility of future work under BSL3 conditions.- Working both independently and in a team-based environment- Laboratory management and maintenance of shared reagent stocks- Working safely with potentially hazardous materials, such as laboratory chemicals and disease-causing organisms