Research Associate II - Dean/ Vilander Lab

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 05 Dec 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Research Associate II - Dean/ Vilander Lab
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101365AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate II
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $40,000 -$55,000
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/05/2021
Description of Work Unit
The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department is comprised of over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of the most important human and animal health problems today. Research programs include those related to mycobacteria, retroviruses, prions, and arthropod-borne infectious diseases, as well as the diagnostic investigation of naturally-occurring animal diseases. A leader in education, MIP provides the only microbiology undergraduate degree program in Colorado, a graduate program that provides training in a number of cutting-edge disciplines, and several specialized veterinary residency training programs. 
Position Summary
The Dean-Vilander laboratory in the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department at Colorado State University is seeking a Research Associate II to conduct research. The Dean-Vilander lab studies orally delivered mucosal vaccines and microbiome-mucosal immune system interactions. This individual will be responsible for running diagnostic assays including qPCR, PCR, ELISAs, flow cytometry and ELISPOT. In addition, the individual will manage mouse vaccination studies and maintain mouse colonies and transgenic mouse breeding. The position will also assist with laboratory administrative support (i.e. ordering and equipment checks, sample inventory, etc) and teaching of students in the laboratory at all stages of training (undergraduate through post-doctoral fellows). 
Required Job Qualifications
-Master’s degree, OR 
-Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of professional, post-baccalaureate (or equivalent) experience.
-Mastery of mouse handling and experience with basic techniques (blood collect, gavage, etc.)
-Experience/familiarity with basic immunology methods
Preferred Job Qualifications
Experience with molecular cloning, tissue culture techniques, diagnostic assays, flow cytometry, and microbiome sample collection/analysis are preferred.
Diversity Statement
•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research and Analysis
Independently conduct scientific research. This will involve:
 1. Diagnostic assays- qPCR, PCR, ELISAs, ELISPOT, flow cytometry
 2. Mouse handling and sample collection/processing
 3. Assay development
 4. Prepare figures summarizing experimental results
 5. Tissue culture
 6. Data interpretation and analysis 
Percentage Of Time 80 - 90
Job Duty Category Lab operations and mouse colony management
1. Assist in maintaining laboratory operation and efficiency by assisting with performing inventory and organizing/ordering lab supplies
 2. Maintaining laboratory equipment including freezers and liquid nitrogen tanks 3. Managing mouse colonies, mouse breeding, and IACUC protocols.
Percentage Of Time 10-20

Special Instructions to Applicants
In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred job qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position may not be further considered after review by the search committee.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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