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Junior Specialist - Kueltz Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 6th, 2018
Next review date: March 30th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


This position will be involved in managing the laboratory and interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in molecular biology, cell biology, and analytical chemistry (proteomics). The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team in a laboratory setting.
The Junior Specialist will be required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities. This will be achieved through general and specific responsibilities. Generally, their role and duty in publishable research activities include participating in field and laboratory studies, fish care and laboratory support (maintaining the lab, organizing lab, and lab supply ordering, safety compliance record management, training record management). Specific responsibilities in publishable research activities include molecular bench work (reverse genetics in cell culture, analytical chemistry, and proteomics including liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, standard cloning and molecular biology tasks), biochemical analyses of tissues samples (protein extraction and proteomics analyses) and data management.
The Junior Specialist will not be required to assist the PI in study design, but will be required to collect and interpret data and to become independent (after receiving training) in everyday laboratory management tasks such as chemical inventory keeping, waste record keeping and disposal management, maintenance of training records, updating safety and compliance tasks, etc.) that are required and critical to support research activities.
Professional Competence
If appropriate (e.g. the Junior Specialist is involved in a project and desires to do so), the Junior Specialist may present work at a scientific or scholarly conference, for example, the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. If interested, the Junior specialist may participate in –professional societies. The junior specialist will interact with the ANS department EHS coordinator, grant managers, purchasing agents, and with professional staff scientists in the ANS, department to become proficient and professionally competent in pertinent activities.
University and Public Service
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring high school and undergraduate interns and training them in molecular, biochemical or physiological techniques and data analysis.

• Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Chemistry with emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology
• Ability to maintain chemical inventories and laboratory safety data sheets.
• Good general organizational and management skills
• Ability to perform molecular biology work in the lab
• Skills following research sampling protocol to handle and transport samples, and maintain records from sampling events and laboratory analyses.
• Knowledge and skills working with LIMS systems, Microsoft suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint) for information outreach, data management, and summation.
• Ability to work with cell lines and work in sterile environments.
• Molecular biology experience including reporter assays.
• Knowledge and skills using RNA and DNA extraction and cloning
• Experience in working in an academic research lab
• Ability to maintain laboratory equipment and records.

SALARY RANGE: Step I- $38,112 annual

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: The start date for this appointment is May 2018. The posting will remain open until filled. Completed applications must be received by March 30, 2018, for full consideration.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: May 1, 2018, to February 29, 2020, 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the cover letter, curriculum vitae. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide three letters of recommendation.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Professor Dietmar Kueltz,

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