Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Summary of Position: Become a member of the Caenorhabditis Genetics Center (CGC) team. The CGC is the world's stock center for nematode strains, maintaining >21,000 strains and distributing them upon request to scientists throughout the world. In a given year, ~33,000 strains are shipped to over 1,500 laboratories worldwide. Scientists in these laboratories rely on our accuracy and efficiency. The successful candidate will prepare and maintain C. elegans stocks and fulfill orders.
Essential and Other Functions: 50% Fulfill strain requests (essential) Contribute to the preparation of C. elegans strains to fill requests from the international research community: Process C. elegans strain requests (thaw, grow and prepare plates for shipment) in a timely fashion with extreme care and attention to detail. Ensure that correct strains are processed. Ensure genotypes match phenotypes and traits are segregating appropriately.
25% Confirm strain phenotypes. (essential) Confirm phenotypes of nematode strains, including morphological phenotypes and tissue-specific patterns of fluorescent reporter gene expression. Confirm traits are segregating properly and if problems are identified with a stock, consult with senior personnel to re-establish strain.
15% Maintain Stock Center for Optimum Efficiency (essential) Coordinating daily activities among staff members to ensure timely processing shipment of strains. Maintain working strains and remove contaminants from strains. Maintain strains at proper temperatures for long and short term storage, check daily. Monthly purge old strains. Monitor supplies of plates, supplies, and solutions and communicate with undergraduate for creating more.
10% Fill in as needed to complete CGC daily tasks (secondary) Fill-in as needed to complete tasks primarily associated with all CGC positions. Perform essential tasks associated with the CGC operation, from maintaining and handling strains, to office tasks (preparing/mailing orders, data entry, etc), to basic laboratory 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
Researcher 2 is in the Civil Service Employment Group:
Essential Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree with specialization in the biological sciences and one (1) year related experience, or education in the specific or related field of science and work experience related to the job totaling at least five (5) years in combination. Must have good eye-hand coordination demonstrated by the ability to manipulate nematodes with appropriate tools while using a stereomicroscope. Working knowledge of/experience with genetics of model organisms, preferably C. elegans. Significant experience with sterile technique in a laboratory setting.
Preferred Qualifications: Ideal candidate will be conscientious, neat and detail-oriented, and have excellent time management and organizational skills. Experience in working with C. elegans, including handling and the ability to recognize phenotypes. Experience with nematode anatomy, strain maintenance and cryopreservation. Experience with stereo and epifluorescence microscopes. Strong verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently or part of a team as tasks demand. Ability to work under deadline pressure and to take initiative.
Internal Number: 334464
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