Nature of Work
The Walter Lab at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center is seeking an hourly Student Assistant to perform general non-technical tasks. This position does not require a scientific background. The student will assist with tube labeling, organization, inventorying and other organizational tasks. The student will work closely and directly with our scientific staff. She or he will therefore need excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a flexible attitude. She or he must adhere to the lab dress code, such as wearing a provided lab coat and safety glasses, while in the lab.
Summary of Lab Focus
Our focus is on the development of novel molecular measures of treatment response in TB based on M. tuberculosis RNA. TB remains the #1 cause of death from infection worldwide. There is an urgent need for new, shorter, more effective TB treatments. Our work addresses a central challenge in TB drug development and clinical trials: lack of accurate markers of treatment response that can be measured early in treatment. This is translational collaborative research in which the ultimate goal is a practical biomarker that will accelerate TB clinical trials. We use a variety of quantification methods (RT-qPCR, RNAseq, and droplet digital PCR) to study drug impact on M. tuberculosis in in vitro, murine and human studies. Our goal is to identify patterns of pathogen RNA that are associated with specific drug exposures and with clinical outcomes such as patient relapse. This work integrates microbiologic insight into pathogen physiology with high-throughput transcriptional analysis and human clinical data. The Walter Lab is committed to the highest standards in research reproducibility and transparency.
Examples of Work Performed
· A typical work period will consist of printing tubes of various size for next week’s lab experiments using a tube writer printer.
· The student assistant will be responsible for maintaining inventory, prepare and distribution of reagents and maintenance of the tube printing instrument.
· This position will receive supervision and the required training but is expected to work independently to fulfil the job requirements.
· We anticipate the workload will be 6-10 hours per week. Scheduled hours are flexible.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Must have a GED or high school diploma
· Prior lab or laboratory coursework experience is not required but is a bonus.
· Hard work and diligence required
· Must be able to multi-task and stay organized
· Ability to pay attention to detail and follow specific protocol
· Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
· Must be able to work in a team environment