Researcher 1 - Noireaux Biophysics Research Lab
Minneapolis, MN
Job Description


  • BA/BS or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years.
  • Applies knowledge and skill to a recurring biophysics tasks or activities with emphasis typically on precision and timeliness of execution
  • Must possess demonstrable communication skills in order to work with a variety of students and scientists from different background/departments and to effectively communicate the results of the research.


  • Experience in a biophysics research laboratory.
  • Experience with the development of cell-free systems.

The Noireaux group is involved with the development of cell-free systems for in vitro metabolic engineering and for the bottom-up synthesis of minimal cells. The cell-free TXTL system, encapsulated into liposomes, is used to execute gene circuits encoding for biological function in isolation. Many advances have been made in this direction. Yet, a lot has to be discovered on how to integrate biological parts to synthesize truly functional cell-sized compartment programs with synthetic gene circuits. In this project, we aim to use cell-free TXTL systems to make critical steps in the assembly of robust and functional minimal cells, which includes metabolic pathways that sustain biosynthesis and genetic circuits to program the minimal cell. Such research improves our understanding of core biology and fosters the development of new technologies.

Position is part-time (30 hours/week).

Job Duties:
50% Scientific Experiments

  • Prepare biological samples for various microscopic examinations such as fluorescent, light microscope and electron microscopes. This involves preparing a wide variety of different biological samples and staining procedures.
  • Operate lab equipment.
  • Design, execute and troubleshoot scientific experiments.
  • Write laboratory standard operating procedures for these experiments.
  • Keep detailed records of all experiments and procedures.

30% Data Analysis

  • Perform data analysis, interpretation and presentation, providing experimental errors and statistics.
  • Analyze and interpret data.
  • Discuss data analysis.
  • Summarize/report the results.

10% Communicate Research Results

  • Assist in writing technical reports for publication.
  • Perform literature searches.
  • Participate in the preparation of results for publication.
  • Write summary reports on results of work.
  • Confer with supervisor on interpretation of results and avenues of investigation.

10% Laboratory Maintenance

  • Assist with training and mentoring of undergraduate students in laboratory procedures, assisting them with troubleshooting experiments and data analysis for required projects.
  • Help maintain a clean and organized lab.
  • Ensure equipment is functioning properly.
  • Participates in ordering supplies.
  • Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.

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Provide the following:
1. Cover letter (save as PDF document)
2. Resume + list of references with contact information (save as a PDF document)

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Job Type Part Time