Job Duties and Responsibilities for this position include the following.
1) Laboratory Experiments - 60% Perform multiple complex scientific procedures effectively, efficiently and independently. Meet project specifications on time. Track multiple concurrent projects. Maintain a required high level of cleanliness and refined processing technique to ensure samples are not contaminated. Carry out laboratory experiments under the direction of UMGC scientists. Troubleshoot experiments. Operate all related specialized instrumentation and technologies, i.e. liquid handling robots, QuantStudio 5/7 qPCR instruments. Maintain instrumentation per manufacture protocols. Work collaboratively with other staff and researchers.
2) Data Collection and Analysis - 20% Collect and analyze data using custom or vendor software. Evaluate and clearly communicate experimental results. Ability to accurately enter, interpret and analyze data using Excel spreadsheets. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite. Assist with data mining and metadata for improving and tracking UMGC services and processes.
3) Project Management - 20% Create and track projects using the UMGC’s FileMaker Pro database. Correspond with researchers to plan and initiate projects. Generate quotes and invoice for completed projects. Keep detailed records of experiments. Track status for multiple projects to meet deadlines. Coordinate experiments with other staff members.
Physical and Environmental Requirements Must be able to lift 25 pounds. Ability to be on your feet for > 80% of shift.
This position may include working some nights and weekends.
The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and Genomics endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote. Because we are a land-grant institution that serves the state, the University will continue to- in most cases- expect employees to live in Minnesota.
This position has been designated as Profile - 1. Profile 1 is expected to work primarily on-site. Your office will be located in our leased space at 4Front in Oakdale, MN. Genomics' management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.
Required Qualifications BS/BA degree and one year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal five years. A willingness to work in a fast-paced, high volume laboratory. High attention to detail. Ability to work in a HIPAA environment. Meticulous organizational skills, reliability and accountability of work. Adherence to all laboratory and regulatory safety guidelines.
Preferred Qualifications Experience with high throughput Microbiome/Metagenomics processing with Excel and operating/programming of laboratory liquid handling instrumentation. Extensive molecular biology laboratory experience in preparation of Illumina next-generation sequencing libraries and bioinformatics knowledge. Experience in a CLIA or CAP regulated molecular biology or genomics lab. Ability to identify problems and troubleshoot experiments. Flexibility in changing job duties.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.