A research position is available in the Hunter Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Minnesota. Our lab focuses on studying the microbial ecology of airway infections and the nutritional dynamics that sustain pathogen colonization. A successful candidate will design and execute experiments, analyze data, manage and collect clinical samples, and perform numerous administrative tasks. The position is ideal for a recent graduate wanting to take a gap year or two prior to graduate/professional school.
Conduct investigations or experiments in an assigned area to aid in finding the solution to a research problem.
Write routine summary reports on results of work and confers with supervisors on interpretation of results and avenues of investigation.
Test laboratory techniques, modify or develop new protocols, maintain and adapt laboratory equipment.
Execute experiments using methods created according to previously published methods or novel methods developed as needed.
Confer with other lab personnel in drafting work schedules and plans for execution of the more complex laboratory studies.
Independently create and plan experiments based on knowledge of the field, gained by researching the relevant literature, contacting other researchers in the field and collaboration with other labs.
Analyze data collected from experiments. Synthesize data in easily readable format and prepare graphs, charts, tables and reports of data.
Review literature relating to research projects; authors or assists in writing technical report for publication, deliverable/summary reports, and research proposals.
Clinical Responsibilities (30%)
Manage clinical studies, including sample collection, record keeping, processing, and sample shipment.
Aid in patient recruitment and consenting.
Ordering lab supplies, take regular inventory, and maintain laboratory equipment.
Keep detailed ordering budgetary records which apply to specific grants.
Investigate and evaluate vendors and products.
Maintaining biosafety procedures.
Coordinating and participating in meetings of multiple groups
Managing IRB/IACUC/IBC protocols and ensuring regulatory compliance
Assists in running other daily operations in the lab (e.g lab organization)
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Microbiology) or college level coursework in the biological sciences and laboratory experience to total four years.
Proficient record keeping and/or database management skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point etc.)
Ability to work independently, problem-solve, work in a fast-paced environment, and multi-task
Previous lab experience, experience with a range of molecular biology methods (cloning, genetic screens, transposon mutagenesis and quantitative PCR), bacterial culturing, and microscopy.
Familiarity with general laboratory duties (media preparation, lab safety and orientation, chemical inventories)
Demonstrated experience with laboratory and administrative tasks, including lab ordering and compliance
Experience in patient recruitment and consent
Experience with University systems (EFS, Epic, Oncore, Ethos, eProtocol, etc)
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