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Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 37478
Hiring Department

Division of Animal Sciences

Job Description

A position that will support the goals and personnel for a research laboratory in the Division of Animal Sciences. The research supports an active and vigorous program in reproductive and developmental biology using a variety of animal and cell models. The position performs a number of laboratory management and technical procedures for the lab. They will assist with the supervision of a few undergraduates and provide basic training in laboratory operation for new trainees.

25% Perform specific assigned laboratory management and support tasks including, but not limited to: ordering and stocking; equipment maintenance; record keeping and accounting; database organization; inventory monitoring; preparation and shipment of samples; meeting and corresponding with technical representatives; development and maintenance of safety protocols; maintenance of lab operations; managing lab safety; maintenance of standard laboratory procedure protocols; and storage/archiving of samples.

50% Conduct routine lab procedures including making stock solutions, RNA and DNA purification, conventional and real-time PCR, tissue embedding and sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and equipment cleaning and maintenance.

20% Assist with studies of reproductive and developmental biology using small animal models.

5% Assist with the supervision of a few undergraduate students in the lab and train new graduate students and fellows with laboratory procedures.


Salary: $47,476.00 - $73,374.00/Annually

Grade: GGS-9E

University Title: Senior Research Specialist

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with some occasional weekends.

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

M.S. degree in life sciences major and minimum 2 years experience in research lab with bench science.

Experience in conducting independent research in biology or related field of life sciences.

Demonstrated knowledge of research philosophies, principles and techniques.

Analytical abilities.

Proficient in verbal and written communication skills.

Practical knowledge about the applications of scientific principles.

Excellent research abilities

Computer and internet application skill proficiency

Experience with most or all of the following

Cell and tissue culture

Microscopy techniques

Molecular Cloning

Conventional and real-time PCR

Gel electrophoresis and Western blotting

Animal care and maintenance

Contributing to scientific manuscripts and grant proposals.

Coursework in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry.

Ability to work independently and with a team.

Move and transport equipment

Operate laboratory equipment

Use computers

Move and transport small animals

Application Materials

Application, Resume, Cover Letter

Other Information

This position will purchase supplies to meet the needs of the laboratory. They have permission to spend up to $10,000.00 per month on supplies.

The individual will be supervised by an Assistant Research Professor and interact with other laboratory staff and graduate students in the laboratory as well as undergraduate workers. The individual will also interact with staff and faculty within the Division of Animal Sciences and across the Columbia campus.

The position will make decisions with the input of other laboratory members that have a vested interest. The lab leadership and the person in this position have the freedom to implement research directions in a way that meets the overall goals of the laboratory.

The individual in the position is expected to use all available resources to make decision or recommendations and solve problems. Those resources include other laboratory personnel, personnel in other labs on the campus, and the online internet resources.

The individual in the position is expected to use all available resources to make decisions or recommendations and solve problems. Those resources include other laboratory personnel, personnel in other labs on the campus, and the online internet resources.

The individual in the position will have regular contact with laboratory leadership as well as other laboratory members to achieve laboratory goals. Additionally, the individual will interact with ohter research entities on campus as well as technical representatives.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

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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Working at University of Missouri

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

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Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

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