Research Specialist I/II Position - Requisition# 2017-7130
Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Princeton University

Position Summary

The Ayroles laboratory at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a Research Specialist I/II position. Our group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the genetic basis for variation in complex traits addressing broad questions in evolutionary and medical genetics. We work with various Drosophila species as well as humans.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to carry out large-scale genomics projects and to support various lab activities. In addition to research, this technician will also assist in training undergraduate students and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the lab, including maintaining equipment and the inventory of laboratory materials and supplies. The research technician may be responsible for the development and execution of research projects (which can lead to authorship on scientific publications).

The ideal candidate is one who seeks professional development as a scientist and is therefore interested in reading the current scientific literature and conducting an independent research project. The candidate will take ownership of their project.

*The rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Salary will include the full benefits package.*

The position is open and review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Drosophila maintenance, crossing, and screening.
  • Molecular biology including DNA/RNA preparation, PCR, qRT-PCR, next generation sequencing.
  • Lab organization, maintenance, inventory, and purchasing.
  • Assist with training new lab members on proper lab protocols and procedures.
  • Participation in experimental design and execution of experiments.
  • Participation in group meetings.


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Strong experience in a research laboratory working with a (broadly-defined) "model" genetic system such as Drosophila, C. elegans, mouse, Arabidopsis.
  • Experience with executing molecular biology protocols (ideally with a focus on next generation sequencing techniques).
  • Ability to troubleshoot and optimize protocols, and manage projects.
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong attention to detail and meticulous lab notebook keeping.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for evolutionary biology and/or genetics.

 The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

*Applications should be submitted online at the Princeton University's Careers Website (Requisition No. 2017-7130)*

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.