Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist laboratory manager with day-to-day operations of the laboratory. This may include the following: • Validate protocols at the beginning of a project. This includes anticipating issues and finding solutions before project starts • Train laboratory personnel in new protocols or existing protocols and monitor results to ensure that protocols are run correctly • Help with management of projects include drafting budgets, timelines, reports, and IRB applications as well as supply ordering, sample inventory, and other tasks as needed • Help investigate and evaluate vendors and products. • Review literature relating to research projects; summarize and present literature findings • Help evaluate new technology to ensure cross comparability between instruments • Order and track supply and reagents inventory to ensure sufficient materials are available for the continuous performance of assays in all projects. • Execute experiments using methods created according to previously published methods or novel methods developed as needed. • Help draft and maintain data sets for each project. Synthesize data in easily readable format and prepare graphs, charts, tables, and reports of data. • Supervise student workers including assigning tasks/duties, monitoring progress, and ensuring that all assigned tasks are performed efficiently. • Help develop and maintain freezer inventory system and train individuals to use system Protocols currently in use in the laboratory include DNA extraction, ELISA, multi-plex immunoassays, toxicology screening assays, fatty acid profile analysis. • 50% Laboratory work including optimizing and validating protocols related to ELISA, DNA Extraction, fatty acid extraction, other laboratory techniques as determined by the laboratory manager • 30% Administrative tasks such as budgets, IRB and other admin forms, supply ordering and tracking, meeting with vendors and supply reps, supervising student workers, record keeping of equipment maintenance • 20% Preliminary research, project organization, instrument maintenance, monitoring of QC/QA data, maintaining the freezer inventory system and general maintenance
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including: · Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave · Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans · Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts · Excellent retirement plans with employer match · Disability and employer paid life insurance · Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums · Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition · Student loan forgiveness opportunity · Opportunities for growth and promotion · Employee Assistance Program For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2019_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7_1.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
REQUIRED: • Bachelor’s Degree (BS/BA) in a biologically related field plus 2 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six (6) years • Previous experience working in a laboratory setting with various procedures performed following proper biological safety requirements for BSL2 • Understands principles of nucleic acid extraction, ELISAs and immunoassays, serial and fold dilutions • Proficient in literature searches using Google and PubMed, and adequately and efficiently summarize literature in a given area • Excellent communication skills, bother verbal and written, attention to detail and follows through on tasks, ability to problem solve and prioritize issues • Proficiency in PubMed, Google Applications, Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
PREFERRED: • Master’s Degree in a biological science related field • Laboratory experience in setting up and validating ELISA and immunoassay procedures • Experience in budgeting, contract and grant writing, and working with accounting and other departments • Supervisory and/or management experience, either formal or informal
Internal Number: 333650
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