Senior Research Associate-CSU Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility

Updated: about 3 hours ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 30 Sep 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Senior Research Associate-CSU Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202100860AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Sr Research Associate
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $65,000 - $86,300
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 09/30/2021
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
CSU FCF Senior Research Associate. This position will have complete oversight of daily operations of the flow cytometry core lab including operation and troubleshooting of flow cytometric equipment, ordering, equipment purchases, hazardous waste, PCARD purchases, with a special focus on user training for assay design, implementation and optimization for all instruments in the flow cytometry core. In addition, this position will be the primary operator of the FACSAria III cell sorter. This position will be required to perform daily startup, QC, troubleshooting and work to provide first class cell sorting services to students, faculty and staff at CSU and scientists across northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. This position will require extensive interaction with CSU CORES administration including the preparation of proposal renewals, yearly reports and other exercises and reports as deemed necessary by CSU CORES administration.
Required Job Qualifications
- Graduate degree in Biomedical Sciences or related field 
- 6 years of flow cytometry and cell sorting experience required. 
- Ability to troubleshoot and maintain maintenance on machines, laser alignments, PMT/preamp swaps, tubing replacement, and others.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Prefer spectral flow cytometry application and analysis. Experience with BD and Cytek machines highly desired.
- Excellent written, verbal and independent decision-making skills. Administrative experience with iLabs or other scheduling softwares. 
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 Supervision of daily operations

Operation and oversight for all instrumentation, making sure that instruments are operating correctly, warming up instruments as necessary prior to use, performing daily QC, troubleshooting problems in real time as they arise during daily operation and performing maintenance when necessary. Direct and mentor work-study employees in daily tasks related to the operation of a flow cytometry core lab. Interface with users for effective scheduling/use of the instrumentation in the flow cytometry core lab. Help users who have questions or problems during the operation of the flow cytometric equipment.

Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Cell Sorter Operator

Complete responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the FACSAria III cell sorter. This position is critical to the needs of the flow cytometry scientific community at CSU, Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. This position requires mastery of the BD FACSAria III cell sorter and FACSDiva software to provide first class cell sorting services to all users.

Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Assay Development, Optimization and Implementation

Work with users to develop novel and established assays, optimize these assays and implement these assays into the user’s daily experimental workflow.

Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Training

Provide training sessions for faculty, staff and students to mentor them and prepare them to become independent users of the flow cytometry core equipment.

Percentage Of Time 5
Job Duty Category Prepare Reports/Write Standard Operating Procedures

Assist in preparing research proposals as necessary and writing reports for publication or submission to CSU CORES and/or other administration(s). Write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for common tasks in accordance with International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) Flow Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory (SRL) Best Practices

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please upload CV, a cover letter, specifically addressing the required and preferred job qualifications of this position, three (3 ) publications relevant to the work specified for this position  and the names and contact information for three references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials
Search Contact John.Belisle@ColoState.EDU
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.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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