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CAREERS

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The DAMP Lab has opportunities available for students, post-docs, and researchers who are passionate about learning and advancing the synthetic biology community.  To get started, just click the button under one of the positions below!

March 24th, 2020

DAMP Lab is looking for researchers!

To apply, the candidate must send a CV and one technical reference from a teacher or former employer to Samuel Oliveira (damplab@bu.edu).

Head Computational Lab Tech

The DAMP lab focuses on designing, building, and testing novel biological systems in a fast, standard, cost-effective, and reproducible manner. The expert technician will develop computational tools focused on lab automation associated with the work performed by wet lab members at the DAMP lab. Further, the candidate will program, create protocols, manage deployment, and maintain all computer hardware and software to ensure the smooth running of computer systems, under the direct supervision of the DAMP lab manager.

Job requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or other relevant life science fields.

  • 2+ years of experience in computer networks and systems maintenance.

  • Candidate skills should include coding languages and programming expertise (e.g. MATLAB, Python) and good problem-solving ability.

  • Proficient in database programming and software development. Minimal experience with developing web applications using at least one popular web framework. 

  • Be familiar with the software development life cycle, from system analysis to tests and deployment, Git (for management of source code), basic algorithms, and object-oriented programming. 

  • Ability to work well with a team in a fast-paced environment, and work independently.

  • A Strong desire for further understanding. 

  • Display good interpersonal skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

 

Candidate main responsibilities are:

  • Gather user requirements, defining system functionality, and writing code in various languages, such as Python (for programming the robot automation) and Ruby on Rails (for the candidate willing to learn how to integrate python code with web services). 

  • Develop computer scripts in Python and Ruby languages to create automated solutions for laboratory information management systems (e.g. Aquarium), for liquid handler robots, such as the ones present at the DAMP lab (e.g. Tecan and OT2-Opentrons), and for the design and fabrication of DAMP lab’s Microfluidics systems.

  • Listen to users’ technical needs, troubleshooting to detect and solve technical problems, and implement solutions to them. 

  • Act as a reference point for all IT related queries at the user level, responding to user needs in a timely manner and ensuring the optimal running of all systems, and installing and configuring computer software.

  • Organize and interpret computational datasets, generate and interpret charts and graphs, provide frequent and detailed scientific reports, and make sound scientific recommendations for improvements for the design and operation of lab experiments.

  • Responsible for maintaining the DAMP’s computer services and equipment. Work with Boston University, vendors, hardware company’s IT departments, providing computer support to find solutions for problems. Upgrade systems to enable compatible software on all computers.

  • Finally, the candidate will have the opportunity to, closely with the lab manager, write scientific methods and reports for scientific journals.

Head Experimental Lab Tech

 

The expert technician will make use of computational tools and semi-automated hardware to perform experimental tasks, such as DNA assembly, purification, sequencing, cell transformation, and fluorescence characterisation assays. Further, the candidate will assist other lab members, maintain equipment, monitor and order lab supplies, under the direct supervision of the DAMP lab manager.

 

Job requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, or other relevant life science fields. 

  • Candidate skills should combine expertise in both experimental techniques for cell and molecular biology protocols and programming languages. Namely, experience with molecular and cellular biology (e.g. PCR, DNA assembly, Bacterial Transformation), and any coding language/programming expertise (e.g. MATLAB, Python).

  • Ability to work well with a team in a fast-paced environment, and work independently.

  • A Strong desire for further understanding.

  • Excellent communication skills.

 

Candidate main responsibilities are:

  • Perform molecular biology protocols at the lab bench and liquid handler robots, from planning experiments (i.e. time, resources, reagents, and kits) to designing and constructing integrated-large DNA parts and constructs using DNA assembly methods (such as Gibson Assembly and MoClo). Performing common lab protocols, such as bacterial cell culturing, molecular cloning, plasmid DNA extraction, DNA sequencing.

  • Support the development and improvement of new high-throughput molecular biology pipelines including DNA assembly, strain transformation, cell-free TXTL extracts, generating cDNA libraries in DNA sequencing procedures either at the lab bench or implementing liquid handler robots and Microfluidics systems in an automated fashion.

  • Execute and create (when possible) computer scripts in Python and Ruby languages, to check for the possibility of automating particular molecular and cellular protocols (e.g. the ones mentioned above) using liquid handler robots such as the Tecan and OT2-Opentrons.

  • Gather and interpret experimental datasets, generate and interpret charts and graphs, provide frequent and detailed scientific reports, and make sound scientific recommendations for improvements for the design and operation of lab experiments.

  • Monitor and inform to lab manager of the need for purchasing lab supplies. Keep track of lab inventory, and update the lab's order backlog doc (available in the lab) with the item description, amount, vendor link, and estimated costs.

  • Train students to work in the core facility, and monitor their activities as they perform one or multiple of the responsibilities mentioned above.

  • Finally, the candidate will have the opportunity to, closely with the lab manager, create detailed quotes for customers and write scientific methods and reports for scientific journals.