Graduate Research Employment Program - Limited Tenure

Molecular Medicine
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Position description
The primary purpose of the Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP) is to provide an up to 2 year post-baccalaureate laboratory research experience in basic science or translational research. The student will receive direction from the lab Supervisor and Principal Investigator. One or more mentors will be assigned to the student to provide instruction, guidance and to assess performance. The student is responsible for observing the functions and processes of the assigned work unit. In addition, the student may be given selected work assignments to reinforce the learning experience, to assess the performance levels and to provide benefit to the work unit. The student will be responsible for completing all related assignments and reports for Mayo Clinic. Works cooperatively with other laboratory personnel and must be responsive to requests for assistance from all levels of allied health staff in the laboratory.

This GREP position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Autumn J. Schulze, Ph.D., in the Department of Molecular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. We use a combination of techniques in molecular and cellular biology, virology, immunology and murine cancer models to engineer and test virus-based anti-cancer treatments. Our research focuses on the development of novel oncolytic picornavirus-based therapies for clinical translation. We use two main picornavirus platforms, Coxsackievirus A21 and Mengovirus. The candidate will be involved in projects involving the development of replicon-based systems as a mechanism to arm our picornaviruses. They will also be involved in projects centered around testing novel delivery systems for our picornaviruses formulated as RNA including lipid nanoparticles, baculoviruses, and electroporation. The candidate will also be exposed to optimization of GMP manufacturing protocols for RNA-based picornavirus therapies as we translate one of our products to the clinic. Candidates with experience in virology, molecular biology, immunology, cell culture and animal handling are encouraged to apply.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong background in science, technology, engineering, or math• Interest in biomedical research
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Authorization to work and remain in the United States, without necessity for Mayo Clinic sponsorship now, or in the future (for example, be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, refugee or asylee)
  • A current transcript submission required – unofficial transcripts will be accepted
  • A 1-2 sentence statement of research interest

Students that do not meet these criteria do not qualify.

Applicants who are currently in Graduate or Medical School are not eligible.

Eligibility of applicants with advanced degrees above BA or BS depend on the specific degree
Exemption status
Compensation Detail
This position has a predetermined rate of $15.50 per hour.
Benefits eligible
Full Time
Hours / Pay period
Site description
Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.
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