Brown University Research Assistant in Providence, Rhode Island

Job Description:


The Research Assistant will conduct experiments in the following two projects.

(1) Cell and Developmental Biology: Identifying how a protein of interest contributes to cellular functions and development, using sea urchin embryonic cells and human cancer cells.

(2) Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Discovering how the molecular evolution alters the developmental program and contributes to species diversity, using multiple echinoderm embryos.

Both projects require skills in general molecular biology, cell biology, embryology or live imaging such as microinjection, embryo handling, and confocal imaging. Experience in Biochemical and bioinformatic approaches is also welcomed: these include Immunoprecipitation followed by proteomic analysis or by RNA-seq to broadly identify the targets. Any necessary training for the above experiments will be provided.



  • Required: Bachelor degree of biology, biochemistry, cell biology or related field


  • Undergrad research experience working in a laboratory setting with a completed honorary thesis preferred

  • Relevant coursework and basic knowledge of laboratory approaches and techniques in the areas of Molecular, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

  • Strong live imaging capabilities and microinjection

  • Excellent written and communication skills

  • Familiarity with the following softwares for data analysis, construction of images and movies and data presentation is highly preferred: Image J, Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, Power Point.


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Job Posting Title:

Research Assistant


Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry


Grade 7

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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