1-3 Research assistant positions in translational genomics
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1-3 Research assistant positions in translational genomics - Translation of findings from large-scale genetic association studies for cardiometabolic diseases in humans using zebrafish model systems
Project description: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of genetic loci that are robustly associated with cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases. With few exceptions, the causal genes in these loci are currently unknown. Before results from GWAS can be translated into the clinic - for example as novel biomarkers or drug targets - we need to identify and characterise causal genes and mechanisms. Recent developments in CRISPR-Cas9-based mutagenesis, high-throughput imaging, and image-based analyses have highlighted the zebrafish as a promising model system for systematic, large-scale genetic screens in vivo.
The overall aim of the project is to identify and characterise causal genes in GWAS-identified loci for cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases using zebrafish model systems.
The planned project aims to use image- and CRISPR-Cas9 based zebrafish model systems we developed and validated in-house to characterise 200 candidate genes with an anticipated role in cardiometabolic diseases. Successful candidates will work together in a team that will additionally consist of a research engineer and the PI.
Duties: Tasks performed by the team include: 1) designing of CRISPR-Cas9 guide RNAs (gRNAs) to target candidate genes; 2) gRNA synthesis and microinjection with Cas9 mRNA; 3) testing mutagenic efficiency of gRNAs using a fragment length PCR analysis; 4) raising CRISPR founders to adulthood, i. e. zebrafish husbandry; 5) crossing founders, pre-screening for the presence of fluorescently labelled transgenes, and preparing larvae for screening; 6) imaging larvae for disease-related traits using an automated positioning system and fluorescence microscope; 7) preparing samples for additional experiments - like biochemistry; and multiplexed, paired-end sequencing – using a robot; 8) objective quantification of imaging data using existing pipelines; 9) data management and quality control. Weekend work can occur.
Successful candidates will be placed in the den Hoed research group (https://igp.uu.se/forskning/ genetik_genomik/marcel-den-hoed/). The project is funded by a collaboration with industry.
Requirements: Applications are accepted from highly motivated candidates with a degree in Biomedicine, (Molecular) Medicine, Molecular (Cell) Biology, Marine Biology or similar. Written and oral proficiency in English is a prerequisite, as are basic knowledge of, and skills in molecular biology or fluorescence imaging. A successful candidate should be a highly motivated, organised, reliable team player that can also work independently. Prior knowledge and experience in CRISPR-based mutagenesis, microinjections, data handling, epidemiology, biostatistics, zebrafish husbandry and/or image-based analyses are a bonus.
The application should include a cover letter describing yourself, your research interests, your experience with each of the requirements described above, and your availability. A CV, a verified list of course grades, and contact details for at least two reference persons should also be included. If available, a BSc and/or MSc certificate, and letters of recommendation can also be included.
Salary: Individual salary.
Starting date: 01-05-2020 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position ending 48 months.
Extent of employment: 100 %.
For further information about the position please contact: Marcel den Hoed, PhD, phone +46-70-425 07 52, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your application by April 6 2020, UFV-PA 2020/833.
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Placement: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Individual salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/833
Last application date: 2020-04-06
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