Research Specialist in Life Sciences - Biotechnology Center (A1800232)

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Functional Genomics Facility
Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center's Functional Genomics Division has an opening for two full-time Research Specialists in Life Sciences to conduct research on microarray genotyping and gene expression utilizing knowledge of specialized laboratory equipment, including programmable automated laboratory equipment and computers.

Proposed Starting Date: As soon as possible after closing


- Prepare RNA and DNA samples for microarray, gene expression protocols, genotyping, nucleic acid quality and integrity checks.

- Develop new and/or effectively use/revise established laboratory protocols necessary to successfully conduct PCR based genotyping and gene expression experiments and to disseminate data files.

- Provide training and troubleshooting assistance to users preparing samples for microarray processing and real-time PCR utilizing laboratory instruments, including Nano Drop, Speed-vac, gel imager, and Qubit.

- Process multiplex microbial community analysis using the Fluidigm System.

- Monitor supply and reagent usage by the unit and order or purchase stock as necessary to avoid disruptions in workflow. Maintain electronic files of these purchases. Utilize a P-card and comply with applicable regulations. Obtain quotations from sales reps for new purchases and comply with university procurement regulations. Maintain packing list receipts for unit.

- Collaborate with facility users on data analysis; create experiment reports and quality control summaries.

- Monitor unit collection and storage of hazardous waste, maintain current appropriate safety and handling training with university Division of Research & Safety, complete and submit paperwork to request and coordinate waste collection according to current regulations, and maintain collections records.

- Maintain equipment and troubleshoot repairs; coordinate equipment maintenance and repairs with service vendors, as needed.

- Prepare and deliver scientific presentations and demonstrations for unit workshops. Prepare and submit required monthly usage and billing reports.

- Write Materials and Methods section for manuscript submissions to peer-reviewed journals, edit submissions and other technical documents for accuracy, and participate in publication of manuscripts.

- As time allows, attend seminars and read publications relevant to current areas of research and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Biology or Biochemistry. Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by relevant experience depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to this position.

Candidate must have experience with with materials, methodologies and techniques related to molecular biology and genomics, as well as with operating applicable laboratory instrumentation. Multichannel Pipetting experience with small volume assays in a high throughput environment.

Candidates must also have good visual acuity, ability to detect small volume liquid transfer. Must be knowledgeable about current developments and research findings in Molecular Biology and Genomics and be able to evaluate potential applicability and, if appropriate, adapt them for use in the laboratory. Effective communication, organizational, and personal relations skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, with minimal supervision. An attention to detail. Proficiency with commonly-employed computer software (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite).

Type of Position: Full-time Academic Professional with full University benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application: Please complete your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume, to include at least three contacts for references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Mark Band, Director of Functional Genomics
Phone: (217) 244-3930; Email: [email protected]

Deadline: For full consideration, applications must be received by April 30, 2018.

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College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Specialist in Life Sciences - Biotechnology Center (A1800232)
Open Date: 04/16/2018
Close Date: 04/30/2018
Organization Name: Administration





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Posted: 4/17/2018
Application Due: 5/1/2018
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