Job Title: Research Assistant with the Tata Institute of Genetics and Society, inStem labs, Bangalore, Karnataka


This person will report to the Insectary Manager and must have experience working in a biological laboratory environment and ideally should have an interest in vector borne disease research. Should have the ability to work unsupervised, be meticulous with following protocols, record-keeping and have good time-management skills. Must be self-motivated and able to work well in a team (includes post-doctoral scientists, graduate students and laboratory support staff). Good knowledge about mosquito genetics, mosquito breeding and crossing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Rear and maintain mosquito stocks (Anopheles stephensi, Aedes aegypti, etc) and experimental colonies in the Insectary at the TIGS-Bangalore, India

  • Conduct crossing and screening offspring for appropriate marker genes.

  • Maintain meticulous records of mosquito life history table and experimental outcomes.

  • Assist with various in vivo experiments within the malaria team.

  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the insectary.

  • Ordering of stocks, preparation of reagents and maintaining stocks etc.

  • Maintenance of equipment and supplies in the insectary.

  • Assist in the writing and review of basic standard operating procedures, protocols etc.

  • Perform initial analysis and observations with ongoing experiments.

  • Attend appropriate meetings and training opportunities within the lab and Institute.

  • Keep up to date with and advise on matters relating to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

  • Detailed record keeping, photo documentation and other regulations relevant to the post.

  • Keeping detailed records for all injection runs and their outcomes.

  • Documenting genetic phenotypes and assisting with weekly/month presentations.

  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to organize samples and record results in a clear and organized fashion.

  • IT skills including a knowledge of Word, Excel (i.e. data bases) and PowerPoint programs.

  • Ability to organize own work load and take initiative as appropriate.

  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations in a laboratory environment.

  • Excellent communication in English is a stringent requirement.

Essential Qualifications:

Graduate in Science subjects (Biological Sciences) from a recognized university with two or three years work experience in the field of entomology or mosquito handling or M.Sc. in Life Sciences subjects


  • Work experience in the field of Medical Entomology

  • Experience creating, screening, and rearing transgenic insects

Application deadline: Mar 25, 2018


Applicants are requested to email with a CV, brief write-up covering letter describing your interest and qualifications for the job.


Status of Position: Open