Research Associate II - VandeWoude Lab

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
10 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
08 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate II - VandeWoude Lab Research Professional

Position Yes Posting Number 201700269AP Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range $35,700-$45,000 Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date 04/05/2017 Open Until Filled No To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/23/2017 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

We are seeking a highly qualified and specialized candidate for the position of Research Associate. This position would provide high level laboratory oversight for the Feline Retrovirus Research Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology.

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in a health sciences related field with an analytical emphasis. An advanced degree is required due to the advanced nature of the research being conducted. Experience in execution of diagnostic assays and excellent technical competency is required. Complex decision making skills and the ability to work independently in a highly professional and critical research environment is also required. The successful candidate will possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, demonstrated skill in the use of information technology applications as related to research lab protocols and professional delivery of information, confidence in his/her abilities to produce accurate and reproducible data, and the ability to work productively as a member of a large and diverse research team.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Prior experience with scientific writing (reports, manuscripts, grants) is highly preferred.
Candidates with prior experience in project management, diagnostic assay execution, quality assurance analysis for analytical tests, and tissue culture experience will be preferred. Those with previous experience in designing diagnostic assays and those with a publication record will also receive preference.

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 Research and Analysis Duty/Responsibility

Manage sample processing and perform laboratory tests on valuable and unique biological samples, including DNA/RNA extractions, qPCR, serologic assays; recording assay data in rigorous laboratory format, and assistance in formatting for presentations and publications; assisting with laboratory supply inventory, ordering, and organization. Perform data analysis and develop figures and data formatting for local, national, and international symposia. Contribute to manuscript and grant preparation. Participate and contribute to laboratory meetings. Develop and validate new protocols for virologic and immunologic studies.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

Oversee organization of sample archives and database management. Make decisions regarding follow on experiments, management of unanticipated outcomes, and new methodologies that will accelerate discovery. Recognize, report, and develop plans to manage unanticipated results. Communicate with faculty, students, and staff in planning and implementation stages of project to efficiently and effectively execute complex experiments. Assist with annual reports, grant preparation, meeting organization and record keeping..

Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Lab Management/oversight Duty/Responsibility

Oversee laboratory supply availability and equipment maintenance, advise on purchasing decisions, develop and monitor inventory, coordinate laboratory work flow, equipment organization and ensure quality of experimental data. Train students and staff to perform research protocols and develop SOPs in compliance with federal, local, laws, regulations and best practices. Assist students and staff to trouble shoot experimental assay problems.

Percentage Of Time 25 Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes cover letter that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references including relationship and current supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials Search Contact Bev Meyer, 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.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will 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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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References

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