Major job functions for this position include the following.
1. Laboratory experiments - 60% - Perform multiple complex scientific procedures effectively, efficiently and independently. - Provide a high level of documentation in accordance to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). - 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. ABI 7900, 10X Genomics Chromium, PacBio and Illumina sequencers, liquid handling robots. - 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 - 10% - Create and track projects using the UMGC’s FileMaker Pro database. - Keep detailed records of experiments. - Coordinate experiments with other staff members. - Communicate with clients and collaborators regarding project planning, status, and results.
4. Follow Quality Control and Assurance Protocols - 10% - Test samples for compliance with minimum quality control requirements using PicoGreen and Agilent Bioanalyzer - Create quality control reports using data. - Maintain lab safety and CLIA requirements and guidelines. - Complete CLIA/research required reports and records for each project. - Assist with data mining and metadata for improving results of CLIA/research projects.
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/2019_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7_0.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required (Minimum) Qualifications: BA/BS with 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of related education and work experience to equal 5 years. Experience with Excel and operating/programming of laboratory liquid handling instrumentation. Demonstrated 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 next-generation sequencing libraries and bioinformatics knowledge. Also previous experience of working in a CLIA certified lab is preferred.
Internal Number: 328220
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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