Junior Scientist (Animal Diagnostic Professional 1)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
September 14, 2018
33113.60 - 56284.80
Responsibilities: 60% - Receives, prepares, specimens for analysis. Performs processing of tissue specimens received from necropsy section to be used for various molecular diagnostic and virus isolation procedures. The laboratory receives multiple types of specimens such as tissues, feces, swabs, serum, oral fluid, ear notches etc. for detection of various viral pathogens causing diseases in domestic animals. Samples are submitted to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from farms and veterinary clinics across the country for diagnostic testing. These samples are processed to be tested using various molecular and virus isolation based diagnostic assays following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
15% - Performs ELISA and immunofluorescence based assays for detection of antibodies for different diseases of domestic animals. Prepares reagents/solutions for these tests as needed. Reports results accurately and in timely manner in VDL‘s reporting computer database- Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Maintains laboratory data generated from running tests described above through paper and/or computer based records. Uses required skills in the effective use of computer hardware and associated software.
10% - Attends and participates in laboratory staff meetings and work-related educational meetings. Performs other work as assigned by Section Head/Faculty Advisor. Maintains necessary inventory of reagents/supplies used in the diagnostic testing. Operates and maintains laboratory equipment used in different tests. Autoclaves biohazard waste. Keeps clean and orderly laboratory environment including disposal of bio hazardous and chemical waste as per Department of Environmental Health and Safety and laboratory guidelines.
15% - Trained in Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures; performs procedures and maintains documentation according to existing QA/QC standards including use of computer based QA/QC programs; actively follows QA/QC related policies and procedures. Reviews and updates Standard Operating Procedures of the laboratory. Assists with maintaining quality control by documenting non-conforming work. Conducts root cause analysis of problems and implements corrective actions. Participates in laboratory proficiency testing as needed. Follows safety guidelines established by university and VDL.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program
For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2018_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications: BA/BS or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years.
Internal Number: 326592
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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.