Research Associate II-Stenglein Lab

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO

Posting Details

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Working Title Research Associate II-Stenglein Lab
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202000040AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 20
Proposed Annual Salary Range $19,000-$23,750 commensurate with experience (based on full-time salary of $38,000 - $47,500)
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/26/2020
Description of Work Unit

This part-time position will be in the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) facility, which is operated by the MIP department and supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The mission of this facility is to:
enable genomics for research, clinical, and industrial applications, by providing education, technical expertise, sequencing services, access to specialized equipment, and by fostering a community of collaborating individuals.
The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department comprises over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of today’s most important human and animal health problems. 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

This individual will be responsible for performing routine laboratory procedures necessary for the day-to-day operation of the facility. This will include (but is not limited to) the generation and quality control of next-generation sequencing libraries, loading of the sequencers, and generation of sequencing libraries using a variety of library prep methods. The individual will participate in training facility users in instrument operation and library preparation. The applicant will be required to work semi-independently and to troubleshoot problems as they arise. Please note this is a half-time position.

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology or a related field and 3 years related laboratory experience – or – hold a Masters degree in molecular biology or a related field and have 2 years laboratory experience.
Applicant must have demonstrated proficiency with molecular biology techniques, next generation sequencing, and bioinformatic analyses.
Applicant must have demonstrated experience with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) workflows and sequencing technology in the form of laboratory experience beyond coursework. This includes sample QC, library preparation, library QC, and familiarity with Illumina instrument function. This experience must be described in the application cover letter.
Applicant must have excellent interpersonal interaction skills.
Applicant must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
The successful candidate will possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, the ability to troubleshoot problems, and the ability to work productively to complete tasks on schedule.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience operating NGS instruments, have authorship on publications involving next-generation sequencing protocols and sequence analysis, and experience working with computers via a command line interface or programming languages. Preferred applicants will have a track record demonstrating excellent inter-personal skills.

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

Execute daily operations of NGS facility, including but not limited to the following:
– Work with the facility manager to complete library preps, QC, and loading of the sequencers
- Perform DNA and RNA extraction, and QC extracted material.
- Perform DNA and RNA library preparation protocols for Illumina and MinION
- Assess library quality and concentration using the Tapestation, Qubit, and Nanodrop instruments
- Perform library quantification using qPCR
- Analyze data and interpret results from the above assays to determine appropriate sample workflows.
- Trouble-shoot problems with any of the above.
- Document all work in a detailed laboratory notebook
- Document interactions with facility users in a logbook
- Excellent, timely, and transparent communication with facility users.
- Excellent, timely, and transparent communication with supervisor.
- Develop and validate protocols for liquid handling robot.
- Interpret results of sequencing runs and perform data analysis.
- Conduct routine instrument cleaning and maintenance
- Coordinate preventative maintenance and repair of instruments.
- Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and reagents by tracking use and ordering more when necessary
- Help maintain a clean and organized laboratory environment
- Evaluate new sample processing and library preparation protocols and new sequencing technology.
- Record facility usage for the purpose of billing.

-Manage the storage and scheduling for disposal of hazardous waste

Percentage Of Time 75
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Computational and Data Management

- Manage NGS data on computers and servers, including data archiving.
- Manage users’ NGS data on remote server

Percentage Of Time 5
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Training

- Train NGS users on the proper use and care of open-access instruments
- Train new and existing staff as appropriate.

Percentage Of Time 10
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervising

- Supervise student hourlies working in the facility.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. NOTE: In your cover letter, please specifically address the required qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the qualifications of this position may not be further considered after review by the search committee.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials
Search Contact Mark Stenglein,
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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