Job description: The protein biochemist position is available beginning late Summer/Fall 2022 with review of applicants beginning immediately. The scientist will work closely with UMN and external scientists with expertise in microfluidics, nanotechnology, prion biology, epidemiology, and diagnostics. The successful candidate will play an integral role in protein-based laboratory investigations, advancements, and discoveries. We are looking for a creative scientist to contribute intellectual input and leadership to our collaborative and interdisciplinary team.
Essential Fuctions: 50% Prion assay optimization and R&D: Handle and manipulate both recombinant and infectious prion material; perform Western blotting, RT-QuIC, and novel assays; develop protein detection protocols for biological and ecological samples; work closely with experts in prion biology, microfluidics, and nanotechnology biosensors. 25% Data production, management, and analysis: Assay and laboratory data collection, management, and statistical analysis using various computer software and electronic record systems. 15% Publications and grant proposals: Assist with data preparation, production of figures and tables, and writing materials, methods, and results. 10% Regular laboratory duties: Maintain inventory; ensure biosafety compliance; management of records; training of staff and students.
Minimal qualifications and experience: M.S. (in microbiology, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field, preferred) and 2 years of related laboratory experience in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, microbiology, and/or metaproteomic, or BS (in microbiology, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field, preferred) and 4 years of related laboratory experience in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, microbiology. Publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals.
Preferred job qualifications: Experience using metaproteomic techniques applied to environmental samples. Training in molecular and cellular biology techniques including cell culture. Expertise in recombinant protein expression, purification, and characterization. Previous experience working in a prion-focused BSL2 laboratory. Previous experience with RT-QuIC technology, including the testing of biological and ecological samples. Previous experience with protein quantification and qualification. Ample Western blotting experience for routine protein detection. First-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Characteristics of a successful candidates: A highly motivated individual who exhibits excellent research productivity, has exquisite attention for detail, and works well within a team environment. A detail-oriented researcher that thinks critically and creatively to design experiments and solve complex research problems. A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members. The ability to be adaptable to accommodate shifting priorities and meet hard deadlines. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
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