Our laboratory is growing, come join us in beautiful Fort Collins, CO!
Colorado State University is a premier land grant university located one hour north of Denver in picturesque Fort Collins. This town of 160 thousand people is ranked one of the top 10 places to live in the United States. Do you like balancing your science with exploring the outdoors, watching wildlife, visiting breweries, and living near a vibrant downtown? If you answered yes to any of these questions, email Dr. Wrighton for more information about joining our interdisciplinary and collaborative team.
We have 3 job openings in our group- see available positions and descriptions below:
(1) research associate
job description: This position will support multiple microbiome projects in the Wrighton and Wilkins laboratories. The individual will be part of a team of researchers completing federally funded research projects and will have a broad range of responsibilities including:
1. General lab organization.
2. DNA and RNA extractions.
3. Metagenomic/metatranscriptomic analyses using R and custom in-house pipelines.
4. Anaerobic culturing of bacteria, archaea and viruses for physiology experiments.
5. Statistical analyses.
6. Perform physiology experiments.
job requirements: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or a closely related field. Applicants must have prior molecular biology experience and experience culturing bacteria/archaea. Prior experience in virology, bioinformatics (command line), and anaerobic culturing is desired, but not required for this position.
Contact Rebecca Daly by email with a cover letter and CV (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(2) undergraduate student researcher in biofuels
job description: The Wrighton microbiome laboratory is seeking a student researcher to assist with laboratory-based research focused on the identification of genes that enhance the microbial production of ethylene. Students will work on a high-throughput gene function assay incorporating bacterial transformation and spectrophotometric measurement of the biochemical activity of transformants. Motivated students may additionally have the opportunity to learn computational biology methods related to selection and description of candidate genes and will learn to generate publication-quality figures and text describing their methods and results.
job requirements: Prior experience in a biochemistry lab (prior research or laboratory classes). Additional experience in a molecular biology or microbiology lab is a plus. Attention to detail with strong communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Rigorous and detailed laboratory record keeping. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at CSU through Fall 2020.
Apply on JobX under job ID #18759.
(3) undergraduate student researcher in condensed tannins
job description: The Wrighton microbiome laboratory is seeking a student researcher to assist with laboratory-based research focused on identifying and characterizing anaerobic microorganisms that degrade certain recalcitrant plant compounds in soils (condensed tannins). The student will have the opportunity to learn various laboratory procedures including anaerobic cultivation, DNA and RNA extractions, sequencing analysis, microbial physiology and light microscopy. Ideally the student has prior experience with sterile technique and cultivating bacteria or archaea.
job requirements: Prior wet lab experience is required (prior research experience or laboratory classes), including sterile technique. Attention to detail with strong communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as a part of a team is necessary. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at CSU through Spring 2020.
Apply on JobX under job ID #18760.