A research technician position is available in the Champer lab at Peking University in the School of Life Sciences and the joint Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences. Jackson Champer is scheduled to open the lab in early 2021.
The main initial topic of the lab will be CRISPR gene drive. This type of allele can bias inheritance in its favor, potentially allowing it to spread throughout a population. There are many possible applications, such as spreading genes in mosquitoes that prevent transmission of malaria, dengue, and other diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Gene drive can even be used for conservation purposes, such as suppression of invasive species. The lab will likely be pursuing additional related topics in the near future.
Initial experimental goals of the lab will be:
1. To develop new types of gene drives using the fruit fly as a model organism.
2. To develop highly efficient gene drives that avoid “resistance” in mosquitoes.
The general lab philosophy is to provide a friendly and supportive environment to help individuals be productive and achieve their career goals. Research technicians will have the opportunity for authorship on papers, and exceptional performance could possibly result in eventual entry to the Ph.D. program.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in biology or any other scientific or quantitative field.
Applicants should preferably have experience in molecular cloning and either fruit fly or mosquito handling.
Applicants should have adequate English skills.
To apply for a position, please send your CV/resume and a cover letter to Jackson Champer (email@example.com).
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