Duties: 50%-Carries out complex, multi-step laboratory procedures specified in protocols such as: Nucleic acid extraction and purification of both RNA and DNA from animal specimens using high-throughput magnetic bead methods and Real-Time TaqMan PCR for the detection of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome Virus, Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus, Rotavirus, Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and many other animal health pathogens.
20%-Analyze test results using ABI 7500 real time Software, compile data, and prepare reports for supervisor, pathologists and clients using the LIMS reporting platform.
10%-Reading, writing, and updating Standard Operating Procedures related to general laboratory guidelines, specific testing, and laboratory safety issues using Q-Pulse software. Microsoft Word and Excel are also used to generate laboratory worksheets and reports.
10%-Operates, maintains, and calibrates apparatus and equipment common to the molecular diagnostic lab.
5% Reviews literature to keep abreast of current tests. Prepares and tests diagnostic controls for a variety of molecular diagnostic tests.
5%-Participates in ordering, preparing and laying out supplies and equipment.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field of science with 2 years of relevant scientific/laboratory experience or a combination of education and experience to total 6 years. Experience with the following: nucleic acid extraction (both RNA and DNA), TaqMan PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, and experience handling and processing diagnostic specimens in a BSL2 environment. Education and/or work experience dealing with computational analysis of data.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with magnetic bead nucleic acid extraction. Experience with quality control software. Experience wit laboratory management software.
**This position will train for an indefinite amount of time Monday-Friday and will then need to be available to adjust to a Tuesday-Saturday schedule. This position also requires occasional overtime, weekend and holiday hours.**
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.