Research Technologist I

Job description

Job no: 702830
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 08
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518
Sub Area: CT- Clerical Tech.
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Clerical Technical- CT, Research/Scientific, Veterinary/Animal Care, Union
Position Summary

The Abuelo Lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University seeks a Research Technologist I. The lab focuses on the interplay between nutrition, metabolism, and immune function in periparturient dairy cattle and neonatal calves with the goal identifying and testing mechanisms that enhance immunity in these animals to increase their resistance to infectious diseases. The methods employed to achieve these goals combine mechanistic studies using cells or tissues with epidemiological studies in the commercial farms. The research is funded by federal and state agencies as well as industry.

Duties for this position will include on-farm research support working with dairy cattle, including sample collection, processing, and storage; and communication with dairy producers and research collaborators. Support to laboratory-based research activities, including assisting in the design, execution, and troubleshooting of experiments and protocols; keeping of detailed and accurate laboratory records, including protocols and databases; assisting with data entry and preliminary analysis of results. Laboratory management duties, including ordering of supplies and materials; maintaining the laboratory facility and equipment; supervision of safety protocols; supervision of trainees; and attending lab meetings.

The successful candidate will be working with a faculty researcher and undergraduate, veterinary, and graduate students, as well as with other research collaborators within MSU, nationally, and internationally. It is also expected that the person in this position will contribute to the supervision of graduate and undergraduate trainees. This is a one-year term position with possible extension contingent upon availability of funds.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree in Animal Science or other science-related area (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, etc.); up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic research techniques in the specific or related field; word processing, spreadsheet; database and/or desktop publishing software; presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A driver's license is also required.

Desired Qualifications

Experience and understanding of basic concepts of biochemical, molecular, and cellular biology; experience handling live animals, preferably dairy cattle; experience performing basic wet-chemistry techniques in the lab; experiencing organizing and analyzing data; experience with collecting and handling blood and tissue samples; willing to occasionally work irregular hours; knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Attention to detail is critical, as is a sense of humor, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, adhere to deadlines, maintain high ethical research standards, accept constructive criticism, and succeed in a team-oriented environment. Must be eager and willing to learn, ask questions, and make suggestions for how to improve the lab.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

The interested applicant should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for two references.

Special Instructions

Applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged. The Abuelo Lab is committed to building a team that represents multiple backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Applications must be submitted electronically at

Work Hours

This is a 40 hour per week position, mostly during standard hours (8AM- 5PM). However, non-standard working shifts might be required in rare occasions to support ongoing projects.

Description of End Date

This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Summary of Physical Demands

Physical work associated with handling cattle during experiments. Physical requirements of laboratory work.

Summary of Health Risks

Working with animals or unfixed animal tissue.

Bidding eligibility ends on 5/11/2021 at 11:55 PM

Advertised: May 5, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 18, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 5/7/2021
Application Due: 5/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time