[Drosophila] MS assistantship available Fall 2011

Ajay Srivastava via dros%40net.bio.net (by srivastavaawa from gmail.com)
Thu Apr 28 17:34:22 EST 2011

MS ASSISTANTSHIP in the Biology Department at Western Kentucky
University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.

I am seeking a motivated, qualified individual with appropriate prior
experience in the fields of Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics to
conduct independent research towards the completion of a Master’s of
Science Degree while acting as one of two graduate teaching assistants
for our undergraduate Cell and Molecular Biology course.

The successful candidate will conduct research in the areas of
developmental and cancer genetics using Drosophila melanogaster.
Desirable skills include a familiarity with Drosophila genetics and
experience with basic laboratory techniques (PCR, sequencing, etc.).

While enrolled in the Master of Sciences in Biology program at WKU
students are expected to develop, implement, and analyze independent
research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts, and present
research at regional and/or national meetings.

Teaching Assistant responsibilities for the Cell and Molecular Biology
course include: instruction of two 18-student laboratories once a
week, preparation of laboratory materials, grading and evaluation of
student performance, and weekly TA meetings with the course
instructor. Instruction responsibilities include a brief pre-lab
lecture describing concepts and protocols followed by hands-on
demonstration of appropriate techniques. Prior teaching experience is
not required. However, prior experience with basic molecular
laboratory techniques such as preparation of aqueous solutions, DNA
extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis is desirable.

A B.S. degree in biology, or closely related discipline is required.
Additional requirements include: competitive GRE scores, prior
independent research experience, familiarity with the Drosophila
model, demonstrated excellence in course work, excellent written and
oral communication skills, and ability to work independently and as a
team member.

The successful applicant receives two years of TA stipend, a partial
tuition waiver, and contributions towards health insurance benefits.

For further details about this position please contact Dr. Ajay
Srivastava: ajay.srivastava from wku.edu

To apply please submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial
transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three
references to ajay.srivastava from wku.edu.  Formal acceptance to the M.S
program at Western Kentucky University is required.

Review of applications will begin immediately (4/30/11) and will
continue until a suitable applicant is selected.

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