Assistant Laboratory Scientist, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Employer University of Minnesota
Created 05/14/2021
Reference 11397508
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials

Required Qualifications:
  • BS in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field plus one year of research experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant research experience totaling at least five years.

Required Experimental Skills:
  • Demonstrated experience using guinea pigs as animal models for vaccine therapy including sample collection, dissection, injection, colony maintenance, and hearing experiments.
  • Demonstrated experience with DNA applications including cloning purification, PCR, gel electrophoresis; protein applications and antibody applications including ELISA and western blotting; and tissue culture applications including preparing and maintaining stocks, plaque isolations, neutralization assays, primary cell development, cellular stocks, transfections.

Other Research Skills:
  • Demonstrated experience with laboratory management including purchasing, supervising undergraduate students, operating and maintaining standard laboratory equipment, shipping and receiving biological samples at national and international levels, and coordinating with regulatory agencies including FDA, USDA, IACUC, IRB, IBC.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. in execution of daily duties.

Preferred Qualifications:

We are looking for a person with experience in cytomegalovirus and using guinea pigs as an animal model that will perform both experimental and organizational duties in the laboratory. The successful candidate will be able to work independently, multi-task, and will have strong problem solving and organizational skills. In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively communicate in English and a have a flexible approach to job assignments. Experience in ordering supplies/equipment though the Universities system. Classes and/or training in subjects such as immunology, genetic microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and virology.

About the Job

60% performing laboratory experiments including:
  • Sample collection, dissection, injection, colony maintenance.
  • DNA application including cloning, purification, PCR, gel electrophoresis.
  • Protein application and antibody application including ELISA a western blotting.
  • Tissue culture applications including preparing and maintaining viral stocks, plaque isolation, neutralization assays, primary cell development, cellular stocks, and transfections.
  • The applicant will be expected to perform nucleic acid extractions and real-time PCR and should ideally have experience in PCR of non-human viral target sequences.

40% laboratory management, which includes:
  • Data management
  • Ordering or shipping supplies
  • Organizing laboratory databases
  • Organizing and maintaining samples and reagents in freezers and refrigerators.
  • Assisting in the job responsibilities of other employees, assisting the hiring of personnel including training, assigning work and documenting the activities of other lab personnel
  • Performing equipment and computer maintenance
  • Assisting in maintaining regulatory compliance including overseeing inspections and assisting in protocol updates and maintenance.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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