SDSU Research Foundation

  • Research Assistant III

    Req No.
    Full-Time Contract
    $14 to $17 per hour
    Dept/Proj Name
    Close Date
  • Overview

    The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at San Diego State University has consistently been a leader in the California State University system in training successful scientists. SDSU’s commitment to research and training is evident in its investment in modern facilities and excellent faculty, and our location encourages fruitful collaboration with surrounding universities and industry.


    In the Swairjo Lab, we are interested in discovering and characterizing new metabolic pathways involved in RNA biogenesis and identifying novel antimicrobial targets in these pathways. We combine biochemical, structural, molecular biology and bioinformatics tools to elucidate the molecular functions and catalytic mechanisms of RNA modification enzymes with the long term goal of using this knowledge for drug discovery. We are seeking a motivated, talented, and amiable scientist to join our research team.


    The successful candidate will provide critical support to the many projects in our lab and have an overall desire to learn, help, and contribute.



    Duties will include:


    Molecular cloning, protein overexpression, purification and crystallization, in vitro RNA transcription and purification, running gel-shift assays, preparing plasmid, autoclaving, maintaining lab databases and protocols, performing equipment calibrations and maintenance, providing training to students and collaborators, ordering and stocking lab supplies, preparing buffers and solutions, maintaining general lab cleanliness, assisting in lab management, and other tasks as required.



    Minimum Knowledge & Abilities Required

    • Technical assignments at this level typically require scientific knowledge and skills which might be expected from incumbents at the college “upper division” or graduate level or from incumbents who have acquired equivalent knowledge and skills through experience

    Minimum Education

    • Completion of sufficient upper division coursework to successfully perform the required duties of the position -OR-

    Minimum Experience

    • Equivalent of two years full time progressively responsible related experience

    Preferred Qualifications and Experience: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific area and at least 2 years of academic or industrial lab experience or Master's Degree
    • Experience in molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, mutagenesis, acrylamide and agarose gel electrophoresis, sterile techniques
    • Experience in biochemical techniques including protein overexpression and purification using NiNTA chromatography and size exclusion chromatography, basic spectroscopy
    • Proven ability to work independently as well as part of a highly interactive team, and in the context of multiple projects
    • Experience performing enzyme activity assays
    • The ability to organize and manage time effectively
    • The ability to communicate verbally and written
    • Proven ability to follow protocols and maintain precise and detailed lab notebooks
    • Proven ability to effectively interact with individuals with a variety of backgrounds
    • Willingness to work on an adjusted schedule when necessary as dictated by research
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Ability to train undergraduate and graduate students in general biochemical and molecular biology assays, protein purification, and general lab support tasks.
    • Familiarity with tools and equipment repair
    • Experience with crystallization techniques
    • Experience in working with RNA.
    • Experience in working with radioactivity.
    • Familiarity with data analysis programs like GraphPad Prism and/or Kaleidagraph and/or Origin.


    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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