TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS (m/f)

Location
Vienna (AT)
Salary
The salary for this position is paid according to the FWF salary scheme.
Posted
March 13 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Other Corporate
Job Type
Technician

TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS (m/f) to join the Superti-Furga Lab at CeMM

The Superti-Furga laboratory at CeMM in Vienna is contributing to the scientific fundaments of precision medicine by studying drug action at the systems-level. In recent years, the laboratory has focused on understanding how membrane transporters govern access to nutrients, ions, xenobiotcis and drugs for cells and organisms. Regulation of the function of transporters is integrated with metabolic processes, brokering internal demand and external offer. Specificity, regulation and functional integration of the roughly 1,500 human genes encoding various types of transporters is only poorly understood. The Superti-Furga laboratory is particularly interested in the > 400 members of the Solute Carrier Proteins super group (SLCs), as they contain some highly prominent drug targets and drug transporters, are involved in numerous diseases, but are dramatically understudied (César-Razquin et al. Cell 2015). According to the mission of the laboratory, SLCs can be considered the managers of the interface between chemistry and biology, and between organisms and their environment. Consequently, studying their regulation is of fundamental importance for biology and medicine.

The Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) is an EU public-private partnership funding health research and innovation. As part of an IMI-supported effort aiming at “unlocking” the SLC target class and involving a consortium of several leading academic laboratories and pharmaceutical companies, we are currently searching for several highly motivated research technicians who want to contribute to cutting-edge biomedical research with a focus on membrane transporters and their role in human physiology and pharmacology. 

Common requirements and desired qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master degree in life sciences
  • Prior wet-lab and/or quality control experience
  • Excellent ability to implement standard operating procedures
  • Support with the generation of standard operating procedures
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • High accuracy and reliability
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Social competence and the ability to work in a team

We are currently looking to fill several positions:

A) TECHNICAL ASSISTANT (m/f) in Cell Line Engineering
Reference code: TA1

Your main mission will be to engineer a battery of cell lines using cutting edge genome engineering technologies. Previous experience with CRISPR/Cas9 and Flp-In technologies is an advantage. Very good command of English (in writing and speaking) is required. Your main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Cell culture (maintenance, manipulation via genome engineering, cellular viability assays)
  • General molecular biology techniques (PCR, genotyping, immunoblotting, cloning)
  • Sequence analysis using basic bioinformatics tools (blast, reading of trace files, TIDE)
  • Technology development as team effort with postdoctoral fellows
  • Training of new lab members
  • Perfect record keeping and report writing
  • Presentation at team meetings and, occasionally, externally

 B) TECHNICAL ASSISTANT (m/f) in Sample Quality Control
Reference code: TA2

Your main mission will be to control the quality of biological samples using the highest standards. Previous experience with quality control procedures is an advantage. Very good command of English (in writing and speaking) is required. Your main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Cell culture (maintenance, manipulation via genome engineering, cellular viability assays)
  • Sequence analysis using basic bioinformatics tools (blast, reading of trace files, TIDE)
  • Quality control of biological samples (cell lines, proteins, serum, DNA)
  • Good general knowledge of molecular biology techniques is an advantage (PCR, genotyping, immunoblotting, cloning)
  • Receiving and sending of biological samples
  • Technology development as team effort with postdoctoral fellows
  • Perfect record keeping and report writing
  • Presentation at team meetings and, occasionally, externally

C) TECHNICAL ASSISTANT (m/f) in Mass Spectrometry
Reference code: TA3

Your main mission will be to process samples for proteomics and metabolomics studies using HPLC and / or GC and mass spectrometry in collaboration with the proteomic / metabolomic facility at CeMM. Excellent background in analytical techniques (HPLC and / or GC and mass spectrometry) is highly desirable. Very good command of English (in writing and speaking) is required. Your main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of state-of-the-art LCMS instrumentation
  • General biochemistry techniques (protein purification / quantification)
  • Data analysis, including statistical evaluation and visualization
  • General molecular biology techniques are of advantage (immunoblotting, PCR, cloning)
  • Technology development as team effort with postdoctoral fellows
  • Training of new lab members
  • Perfect record keeping and report writing
  • Presentation at team meetings and, occasionally, externally

Why you want to join our team:

  • This is a great opportunity for junior researchers or experienced technical assistants who want to join a unique project in an international setting.
  • You appreciate an inspiring and dynamic working atmosphere, the possibility to join our cultural, social and sports activities and you want to be part of a creative, motivated team.
  • We are happy to provide help and assistance to all our employees, their spouses and family members in terms of visa and relocation procedures, dual-career and childcare services, and others.
  • We offer a fair employee benefits package including health insurance, company health care, competitive holiday allowance, daily bonus for the in-house cafeteria and an annual gross salary (according to the FWF personnel costs scheme https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/personnel-costs/, depending on qualifications and experience).
  • This position is planned for the initial project duration of 2 years, that could be renewed

 

Application Details

Please apply online with a cover letter indicating the reference code of your preferred position (TA1-3), your detailed curriculum vitae and contact details of 2-3 referees. Please upload your full application here: https://cemm.jobbase.io/job/4uc74nvd 

Ideally, you should please submit one Pdf file containing all of your application documents. Initial application deadline is April 8, 2018 but the call will remain open until the position is filled. Candidates will be contacted by us on a rolling basis.

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