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Research Coordinator

Northern Arizona University

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Job Title: Research Coordinator
Location: PMI
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605597
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information

This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) at Northern Arizona University seeks a research coordinator to support the BSL-2 laboratory activities of over 60 researchers in 16 faculty groups. The top candidate for this position should be highly motivated and possess experience with the general operations of a BSL-2 microbiology and/or molecular genetics laboratory. Excellent skills with communication and teamwork are essential for this position, as well as the abilityto work safely with potentially hazardous materials such as laboratory chemicals and BSL 2 pathogens. Responsibilities include: provide research support and logistics for all faculty, staff and students, serve as the first point-of-contact for technical questions in the laboratory, train new lab workers, perform equipment maintenance and schedule repairs, monitor and organize >40 freezers, maintain a dI/RO water purification system, manage extensive culture inventories of BSL-2 organisms and purified stocks of DNA/RNA/protein, organize large databases for these inventories, work safely with BSL-2 agents and opportunistic pathogens (bacteria, fungi, viruses, and cell culture), place orders for general supplies, receive order shipments, organize the PMI stockroom, and interface with the PMI business office. Attendance at regular management meetings and safety trainings is a requirement. There is a possibility of providing management support in the PMI Select Agent laboratory that would involve handling BSL-3 pathogens such as Burkholderia pseudomallei, Yersinia pestis, SARS-CoV-2 virus, and other agents. Work in the BSL-3 would require the ability to pass a Department of Justice Select Agent Program Security Risk Assessment.

Primary duties will include:

  • Manage a large BSL-2 microbiology and molecular genetics laboratory.
  • Maintain shared reagent stocks.
  • Maintain all equipment and freezers.
  • Organize and maintain culture repositories and inventories of DNA, RNA, and protein • Train new laboratory members.
  • Work both independently and in a team-based environment.
  • Working safely with potentially hazardous materials, such as laboratory chemicals and BSL-2 pathogens.
  • Attend required safety trainings and management meetings.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline.
  • 2-4 years of research support experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of related education, experience, and/or training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Proven experience with laboratory management.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Extensive experience with molecular genetic techniques.
  • Strong skills with problem solving and troubleshooting technical problems.
  • Outstanding aseptic technique handling microorganisms in a BSL-2 environment.

For positions involving future BSL3 work, additional qualifications would include:

  • Willingness and ability to pass a Department of Justice Select Agent Program Security Risk Assessment; AND
  • Willingness and ability to participate in occupational health monitoring required by Northern Arizona University.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Intermediate knowledge of principles and techniques of relevant research practices.
  • Intermediate knowledge of research methods, protocols, data collection, and analysis.
  • Developing knowledge of relevant research discipline.
  • Knowledge of proper safety and compliance practices related to the conduct of research.


  • Intermediate technical understanding and proficiency related to conducting relevant research procedures.


  • Coordinates and monitors the technical execution of relevant research procedures.
  • Balances competing priorities and tasks.
  • Organizes data and information and supports analysis.
  • Communicates effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

Applications received by September 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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