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  • 3-4 hours per week for research and meetings as part of a team
  • Remote / online
  • Some college-level education and coursework in biology, biochemistry, or related fields is required.

The Freedom of Form Foundation is a nonprofit working to support and advocate for scientific research that will enable freedom of one’s physical form – biotech for self-expression.

To this end, we are seeking additional help in our Integument Review project. The project is surveying and structuring biological knowledge about how fur, feathers, scales, and skin works. That includes cell signaling, embryonic development, comparing and contrasting different integument types, and identifying cellular and genetic targets or “knobs to turn” for transformations. You’ll be joining an exceptionally capable team of scientists, and you’ll be complementing the team’s strong basis in cell signaling, embryogenesis, systems biology, and physiology.

The team now needs your help in finding, understanding, organizing, and summarizing existing scientific studies. In particular, we’re hoping to get your help organizing basic, factual information that is scattered across tons of separate publications. We are looking for passionate, dedicated people who want to help accelerate this strategically critical research project to help us achieve our mission.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Provided general direction and advice from the team, you’ll be reading through research papers, with a heavy focus on embryonic development of feathers, and histology of the relevant tissues (such as in-situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry data).
  • Also as part of the team, you’ll be the expert to:
    • Compile knowledge from various research papers.
    • Organize knowledge about gene expression patterns, especially high-confidence data that we can rely on.
    • Structuring the knowledge in a way that others can easily access all the specifics you’ve put together.
    • Summarize trends and findings.
    • Team members will help you understand the cells and molecular mechanisms involved. Don’t worry, you won’t be in a vacuum!
  • Attending meetings, asking questions, and assisting or chiming in when other team members need help or ask for feedback.
  • Presenting data and findings, and helping write reports.

You should be able to:

  • Readily understand the differences between pre-mRNA, mRNA, and proteins.
  • Be comfortable with incomplete data.
  • Be willing to learn basics about embryonic development, chromatin state, cell localization, cell polarity, and the diversity of cell subtypes, to help you understand the bigger picture surrounding the research papers you read.
  • Be willing to learn specifics behind various cell staining and visualization techniques such as in-situ hybridization (both RNA and DNA), immunofluorescence, probe synthesis, signal amplification, etc.
  • Be willing to learn about pitfalls that you may come across, such as under-exposed or over-exposed cell staining and visualization. (This will take time; we just want to make sure you’re interested in learning as you go along!)
  • Be willing to talk with the team in Discord and/or other tools to have meetings and regular discussions.
  • Work with the team primarily active during US/Eastern time daylight or evening hours.

All FFF volunteers and employees are expected to:

  • Have a steady hand, especially in stressful situations.
  • Demonstrate unerring commitment to teamwork and professionalism.
  • Always keep learning, and likewise be willing to help others learn and improve.
  • Demonstrate tolerance to each other, to stakeholders, and to the broader community.
  • Learn about regulations we must abide by, including, our Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, Community Rules, Code of Conduct, regulations pertaining to 501(c)(3) organizations, and all laws.

Questions?

If you have any questions or want to discuss more before applying, please send an email to [email protected]. We won’t bite (too hard)!

Sounds good? Please apply!

Please send an email to [email protected] and attach your Resume or CV. Be sure to include the position title in the subject line in your email.

And don’t worry, you can skip the formal, corporate-voice cover letter! Just a few sentences about why you’re interested in our organization, and in this position, should be sufficient.