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Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36998
Hiring Department

Department of Biochemistry, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Job Description

The Division of Biochemistry seeks applications and nominations for a Senior Research Specialist at the University of Missouri.

Biochemistry at the University of Missouri is noted for interdisciplinary research and effective instruction. The two are interwoven to provide excellence in both. We are a collaborative Division: part of the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. We share faculty with four departments as well as with an interdisciplinary Life Sciences Center, and have graduate faculty from ten additional departments.

Essentially all facets of contemporary biochemical research are represented in the Division with particular strengths in medical biochemistry, plant biochemistry and biophysical, structural and mechanistic biochemistry. Our research groups are well-funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and many other federal and private sources.

Candidates for the Senior Research Specialist position must have a sincere interest in research. The duties of this position include:

  • Coordinate the design and purchase of commercially synthesized protein expression vectors and site-directed mutants.
  • Conduct and troubleshoot protein expression studies.
  • Purify recombinant proteins via chromatography, including affinity, ion exchange and size exclusion columns.
  • Culture and maintain bacterial, insect and mammalian cell lines.
  • Conduct routine screening of purified proteins for crystallization.
  • Supervise and train graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Oversee and maintain laboratory equipment including chromatography systems, spectrophotometers, and crystallization robot.

The regular responsibilities include but are not limited to design of complex experiments, analysis and interpretations of data; help in preparation of reports, grants and manuscripts; and coordinating research activities with other members of the research group. The laboratory is a collaborative environment so it is essential that the successful candidate has the ability to maintain good working relationship with others working in the research group.


Salary Range: $47,476 - $73,374

Grade: GGS-9E

University Title: Senior Research Specialist

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Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree and relevant experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Biochemistry or Life Sciences area and 10+ years of relevant laboratory experience, including recombinant DNA technology, recombinant protein expression from prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, protein purification, structural biology, enzyme assays, and sample manipulations under a microscope.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Possesses conceptual knowledge of theories, practices and procedures within the Research function
  • Applies general research knowledge developed through education and experiences
  • Ability to master new experimental methods with appropriate training
  • Ability to train students in routine laboratory methods
Application Materials

Online application, curriculum vitae, description of research experience and names plus contact information for at least three references.

Other Information

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Lesa Beamer (573-882-6072) or Dr. John (Jack) Tanner (Tel.: 573-884-1280).

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 6/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time