We are looking for a Laboratory Technician to join us for 2 years in our lab at the ICM in Paris! Our lab is interested in understanding how neurons control their energy availability (e.g. ATP) to sustain neuronal communication, a process that is essential for normal brain function. This work has the potential to further our understanding of the molecular link between dysfunctional metabolism and neurological diseases such as mitochondriopathies, epilepsy, vascular dementias or glucose metabolism diseases.
This role is a supportive role, meaning that we look for someone that will be helping others move forward their research. As such, our technician will be involved in some administrative tasks, but mainly will work in supporting research activities (i.e. providing the means for experiments) and helping in scientific research per se (i.e. performing certain experiments to speed up some projects of the lab). Our Lab Technician would not be pursuing a scientific project by her/himself, but will have mentors in the lab guiding the experimentation who will supervise her/his support and research work.
If you want to join us, you will be helping us with different tasks:
Administrative tasks: booking rooms for lab meetings, manage our few animals at the animal facility, managing lab shipments and taking care of the overall organization of the lab, managing lab communications with cell culture and animal facilities, etc…
Support tasks: preparing solutions and reagents required for neuronal cultures, preparing DNA samples (maxi prep, midi prep), prepare cell line and primary neuron cultures, manage with others in lab that we what we need for experiments, etc…
Research tasks: molecular cloning and generation of new constructs, perform microscopy experiments (automated plate reader, optophysiology experiments).
Previous education in a scientific discipline is required (i.e. university degree) and a Master’s in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related fields is a plus. We will need you to communicate in English and French (lab work is in English, but some ICM meetings and conversations are in French).
While previous experience is a plus (experience handling rodents, preparing primary neuronal cultures and molecular biology, microscopy), we can teach you everything you need to know! Organization is key for this position, as there will be many small things to be handled and supervise every week. Lastly, very important: you must be comfortable working and handling rodents every week.
And globally, what we mostly need from you is to be an enthusiastic team player who wants to help all of us in the scientific research of the lab. We need you to be someone who wants to work with diverse people and learn from them, someone open to help with diverse aspects of research in molecular neuroscience, from administrative and support tasks to molecular cloning and experiments. All these tasks are equally important and your role will be essential in helping the research of the lab move forward!
We welcome applications starting October 16th, 2022 and the position is open to start at any point. To apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating in 3-4 sentences your interest in the position and what aspects of it sound more relevant to you, contact information for three references and complete CV. We welcome applications from all over the world. Salary will be in accordance with your education (do you have a Master?) and years of experience in lab work, following a guide established by the Human Resources department at ICM.