Research Assistant - Anatomy and Cell Biology (Tootle Lab)

21003113 Requisition #

The Carver College of Medicine Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is seeking a Research Assistant to join the Tootle lab ( to perform research using Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) to define how lipid signals regulate actin in the cytoplasm and the nucleus. Execute planned research activities using observation, measurement and analytical techniques. Manage and maintain Drosophila stocks, laboratory reagents, and laboratory safety and ethics training


Duties Include:

Laboratory management:

  • Maintain Drosophila stocks
  • Manage and train undergraduate research assistants for laboratory maintenance tasks
  • Order supplies and reconcile monthly financial reports
  • Manage and maintain detailed laboratory inventory
  • Assist in the maintenance of lab equipment, arranging service contracts and interfacing with technicians and vendors
  • Manage and maintain records of laboratory safety and scientific ethics training


Conducting experiments and analyzing data:

  • Perform immunofluorescent analysis, confocal imaging, and image analysis
  • Design and execute genetic analyses in Drosophila, including cell-specific expression and knockdown, dominant genetic interactions, and generation of compound genetic stocks.
  • Other experimental approaches regularly used, including: RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, qRT-PCR, molecular cloning, and western blotting.
  • Analyze and summarize data, present data at both lab meetings and external meetings, and contribute to manuscripts.


Collaboration and Embracing Diversity:

  • Work well with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner
  • Appreciate the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • Participate in laboratory outreach events


Our mission is to inspire and educate world class health care providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community.


Researchers in the College's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.


Percent of Time: 100%

Staff Type: Professional & Scientific

Type of Position: Specified Term/One Year

Pay Grade: 3A -


Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biomedical-related science, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field of study
  • Must be able to translate, adapt and apply that knowledge to perform beginning level research in biomedical science discipline
  • Fine motor skills are required for animal tissue collection and stock maintenance
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills are required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required


Desired Qualifications:

  • 0.5 to 2 years previous biomedical research experience with:
    • Drosophila animal handling and genetics
    • Immunofluorescent staining and microscopy
    • Collecting tissue samples from small animals
    • DNA/RNA/protein purification
    • Western blotting
    • PCR and qRT-PCR
    • Cloning


Application Process:

In order to be considered, applicants must upload a CV or resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly addresses how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position, and contact information for three references that can speak to their qualification for this position..


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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