Job announcement: ISTT Administrative Assistant

Job announcement: ISTT Administrative Assistant
Job announcement: ISTT Administrative Assistant

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

About ISTT: The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) was founded in 2006, and is registered in Buffalo NY, USA, as a not for profit (NFP) organization. It currently represents an enthusiastic group of more than 700 members worldwide. We seek to foster communication and technology-sharing to enhance scientific research and to advance the field of animal transgenesis, particularly as it applies to experimental models in science. We represent the interests of scientists as well as technicians working in the field of transgenic technologies. The ISTT sponsors a series of periodic international transgenic technology (TT) meetings.

Job Description: This is a part-time job, may be conducted from home, and offers the candidate great flexibility. It is expected to require an average of 25 hours per week. Workloads may be considerably higher during the peak period of membership renewals and during the organization of the periodic TT meetings. The candidate must be able to travel to TT meetings, which are hosted at various venues worldwide every 18 months. The Society will provide the candidate with a laptop, support for Internet access, and a mobile phone to conduct Society business.

Job Specific Responsibilities: Administrative assistant position. Duties will include:
• Assist the ISTT President in reporting activities and other general administrative tasks.
• Assist the ISTT Treasurer with tracking of incomes and expenses.
• Act as a central contact point for all ISTT stakeholders.
• Register new members and renew existing memberships.
• Maintain current contact information of all members.
• Support the organization of the global meetings.
• Attend TT meetings to help represent the ISTT and help with administrative duties – meetings are all over the world and require travelling.
• Assist the ISTT Secretary with the preparation of minutes of ISTT General Assemblies and ISTT Board meetings.
• Monitor ISTT contracts with sponsors.
• Maintain an ISTT agenda and send reminders for upcoming deadlines to ISTT members (e.g. membership renewals, registrations, etc.)

Candidate Requirements: 2+ years experience as an Administrative Assistant. Independent, self-starter with strong organizational skills. [Alternative experience demonstrating administrative capability will be considered.] Excellent time management and ability to manage deadlines. Fluent English – Strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience in identifying and fulfilling NFP society needs. Experience with project management tools, including but not limited to: MS Excel, MS Word, MS Project, MS PowerPoint. Webmaster and content management not a must but a plus.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Country: United States of America

City: Work from Home, ideally close to Houston, Texas, for direct exchange with the president of the society.

Primary Location: WORK FROM HOME (occasional meetings at Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX)

Job Function: Office Administration

Worker Type: Regular Employee

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Shift Type: flexible

Hours per Week: Minimum of 25 hours/week

Work Days: Monday – Friday (very occasional weekend work)

Posting Currency: USD

Posting Range: $20,000 – $25,000 (salary commensurate with experience). All required travel expenses covered by the society

Application: Interested candidates should submit their CVs and references to


A week in October in Bar Harbor

View of Bar Harbor from Mount Cadillac, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA
View of Bar Harbor from Mount Cadillac, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, US

If there is a paradise it must be very similar to Mount Desert Island, in Maine, on the Nort-Eastern coast of USA. Two weeks ago, during the last week of October (26-29), the International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS) held its 28th International Mammalian Genome Conference (IMGC) in Bar Harbor, ME, USA, a beautiful village surrounded by nature, a most popular tourist spot in Summer, the place where The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is located, and an excellent venue to hold a scientific conference in Autumn. Some 200 geneticists from around the world, with a large majority of US-Americans, gathered in front of the ocean to discuss about: large-scale resources, advances in genome manipulation, stem cells and development, human disease animal models, comparative genomics, population genetics & evolution, and aging and adult-onset disease modeling. The local organizers, Ron Korstanje and Karen Svenson, from JAX, along with IMGS officers David Beier, David Threadgill, Teresa Gunn and the rest of IMGS Secretariat, must be praised for an excellent meeting, with a great variety of topics presented, in mouse genetics and mouse genomics resources and their applications, including 89 Posters, 16 student presentations and 57 short talks. As usual, most of the IMGC speakers were selected from submitted abstracts. The scientific program was completed with two most interesting keynote addresses by Jeanne Lawrence (Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – UMMS) and Bruce Beutler (Regental Professor and Director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas), Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2011, for “their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity“, who delivered a very moving Chapman lecture on his past and current research.

Lobster from Maine for the IMGC conference dinner
Lobster from Maine for the IMGC conference dinner

The conference dinner was an opportunity to enjoy one of the gems of Maine, their famous Lobster!. During the conference dinner the IMGS Officers and all participants wholeheartedly thanked and awarded Darla Miller for her more than 25 years of dedicated hard work running the IMGS Society. The 28th IMGC was also innovative since it was transmitted and commented, live, through twitter, under the hashtag #IMGC14. This initiative was launched by Steven Munger and followed by many other participants, who tweeted and re-tweeted the highlights of the 28th IMGC.The IMGC was also attended by several ISTT members, including Thom Saunders, Jean Jaubert, Fernando Benavides, Radislav Sedlacek and Lluis Montoliu. In Bar Harbor it was introduced the next 29th IMGC, IMGC-2015, which will be organized by Piero Carninci (RIKEN) in Yokohama (Japan) on 8-11 November 2015.

Mouse Genomic Informatics (MGI) celebrated 25 years in 2014
Mouse Genomic Informatics (MGI) celebrated 25 years in 2014

Immediately after the 28th IMGC, a good number of participants extended their stay in Bar Harbor to attend the 25th anniversary of Mouse Genomic Informatics (MGI), at JAX, on 3oth November 2014. This festive event filled the JAX auditorium with MGI developers and MGI users, with the latter thanking extensively the former for their work, for their tireless efforts through all these years, for making them happier daily at work, and for preparing and offering, in an organized and orderly manner, the enormous amount of genetic, genomic and phenotypic information on thousands of mouse strains and all what is known about the mouse genes. This memorable half-day symposium, nicely organized by Janan Eppig, included very interesting talks by Linda Siracusa, Ken Paigen and Maja Bucan, who highlighted the most relevant role of MGI in their research projects. The MGI-25 years day ended, for some of us, with an unforgettable and almost private visit at the beautiful Acadia National Park, generously provided by MGI, and finished with the corresponding commemorative cake. In all respects, a fantastic week in Autumn in Bar Harbor.

Janan T. Eppig about to cut the MGI-25 years cake
Janan T. Eppig about to cut the MGI-25 years cake

Feng Zhang receives his ISTT Diploma as Young Investigator Awardee

Feng Zhang (BROAD institute-MIT) receives his ISTT Diploma as Young Investigator Awardee from Changhong Pang (ingenious targeting laboratory)
Feng Zhang (BROAD institute-MIT) receives his ISTT Diploma as Young Investigator Awardee from Changhong Pang (ingenious targeting laboratory)

The 3rd ISTT Young Investigator Awardee, Feng Zhang (BROAD institute, MIT) receives the ISTT Diploma from Changhong Pang (ingenious targeting laboratory) in his lab, at the BROAD institute, after the TT2014 meeting held in Edinburgh. Congratulations to Feng Zhang and many thanks to ingenious targeting laboratory for their generous support to these ISTT Young Investigator Awards!