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Research Assistant/Associate/Professor

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionUNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Research assistant/Associate/Professor, Position #00018371

A Research Assistant Professor or higher research rank, depending on qualifications and experience, position is available immediately to conduct and support research related to epigenomic and transcriptomic mechanisms of metazoan development, cell differentiation and/or disease. Research is expected to involve next-generation sequencing including conventional and single-cell transcriptomics and epigenomics and provides an opportunity to develop a collaborative state-of-the-art research program.

The applicant will manage the UND Genomics Core including discussing projects with investigators and personnel, managing execution of projects, including logistics of storage, handling, and shipping of samples, and coordinating bioinformatics data analysis and storage with IT personnel. As part of these duties, the applicant will supervise UND Genomics core employees.

The successful applicant is expected to design and execute projects related to mammalian embryonic development with an emphasis on mechanisms of gene regulation through transcription factors, epigenetic marks, etc., using a diverse set of model systems.

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe applicant will design and conduct experiments to test new hypotheses related to roles of epigenomic changes in organism development, cell differentiation and/or cancer. These experiments will involve next generation sequencing technologies including classic Illumina as well as newest platform such as Nanopore, with a possibility of adopting future cutting-edge technologies. Testing of these hypotheses will involve bioinformatic analyses of their own as well as public data, with a particular emphasis on integrating multiple datasets. In addition to next generation sequencing, experiments may involve culturing and in vitro differentiation of mouse stem cells as well as human cancer cells, using appropriate molecular biology approaches.

The applicant will be expected to manage the UND Genomics Core, including discussing projects with investigators and personnel, managing execution of projects, including logistics of storage, handling, and shipping of samples, and coordinate bioinformatics data analysis and storage with IT personnel. Additionally, as part of these duties, the applicant will supervise UND Genomics core employees, both in wet and dry labs.

In addition to conducting experiments, the duties of the position will include reading and knowing the relevant literature, attending and presenting at scientific meetings, and writing manuscripts.  The successful candidate will be expected to write and submit grants to NIH and to other funding agencies, for example, NSF, DoD and private foundations. While the position is primarily research oriented, the candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the SMHS teaching mission.

Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. in molecular biology or a related field.At least 3 years postdoctoral or similar experience.Recent peer-reviewed publications in all or some of the following areas (as demonstrated by applicant’s CV):

      Mechanisms of epigenetic and transcription regulation in development and/or disease.

      Transcription factor dynamics and/or regulation in mammalian development and/or disease.

      Bioinformatics or systems analysis approaches to development and/or disease.

    2+ years’ experience in supervising, mentoring, or training wet lab or bioinformatics staff other than undergraduate students. Demonstrated experience in providing next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics services to customers other than immediate colleagues such as paid customers or external collaborators.Successful completion of a criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in design of research and/or clinical projects involving next generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis of resultant datasets supported by publications.Demonstrated experience managing paying customers.Experience with operating multiple sequencing platforms such as Illumina, Nanopore, etc.Experience in supervision of, or collaboration with genomics scientists and IT personnel.Demonstrated potential to acquire extramural funding through submitted or received grants as a PI or co-PI.Excellent verbal and written scientific and administrative communication skills
Minimum Hiring Salary

$80,000+, commensurate with qualifications

To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 pm on 9/13/2021 and include the following materials:

    Curriculum VitaeContact information of three references
Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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