Major job functions for this position include the following. 1) NGS Custom Project Management - 65% - Carry out custom NGS library prep processes (wet bench). - Create and track projects using the UMGC’s FileMaker Pro database. - Keep detailed records of experiments. - Coordinate experiments with other staff members. - Conduct regular meetings with supervisor to discuss the progress of projects. - Communicate with clients and collaborators regarding project planning, status, and results.
2) Operations Process Improvement 15% - Create data collection tools for new and existing services. - Gather quantitative data from projects and create reports. - Develop new methods and protocols or modify existing protocols. - Conduct experiments using methods created according to previously published methods. - Perform multiple complex scientific procedures effectively, efficiently and independently. - Operate all related specialized instrumentation and technologies to meet project specifications on time. - Track multiple concurrent projects. - Suggest alternative methods and/or protocols for operations and research and development. - Implement new protocols for research and development services. - Maintain a required high level of cleanliness and refined processing technique to ensure samples are not contaminated. - Troubleshoot experiments - Operate all related specialized instrumentation and technologies, i.e. ABI 7900, Illumina sequencers, liquid handling robots. - Work collaboratively with other staff and researchers
3) 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 UMGC services and processes.
40-hour work week will be arranged ahead of time which may include nights and weekends.
The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
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/2018_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required (Minimum) Qualifications: Masters degree and 2 years of related experience or BS/BA and 4 years of related experience. Major in science with focus in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, engineering, or related field. Experience in a laboratory environment with a background in genomic research and/or high-throughput methodologies. Demonstrated experience with next-generation sequencing library creation and data analysis is required. Ability to follow oral directions and written protocols precisely, independently motivated, able to manage time and meet deadlines, strong communication skills, meticulous organizational skills, reliability and accountability of work. Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications: (Selection Criteria) Extensive molecular biology laboratory experience in preparation of Illumina and/or Pacific Biosciences next-generation sequencing libraries and bioinformatics knowledge. Deep and broad experience with and knowledge of next-generation sequencing technologies. Rigorous and scrupulous attention to experimental detail. Ability to think creatively about scientific problems. Facility in communicating science and technology.
Internal Number: 327392
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