All applicants must submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for this position, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to be considered for this position in their application.
The Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) seeks a qualified candidate to manage a biological laboratory and to provide support for research using biological specimens across the Center. In addition, this position will fulfill these responsibilities for multiple sponsored projects being conducted at the ISR.
SRC is engaged in a wide variety of projects collecting and analyzing biological data to improve our understanding of the complex relationship between social and biological determinants of health and well-being. This position will guide the development of this integrated, multidisciplinary research, including opportunities for co-authorship.
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and highly dependable, with a positive attitude and ability to problem solve and seek assistance when needed. He/she will have the ability to learn new skills, including new software and other technical tools; exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage personnel, time and multiple priorities in a busy environment; ability to take direction from more than one person and able to work effectively as a team member. Discretion with handling confidential data is required.
The ideal candidate will also have extensive background in academic research, including biological sample collection and processing; knowledge of laboratory guidelines; experience working in multidisciplinary research studies; experience working with Federal agencies, including the NIH, both to meet biological health, safety and privacy requirements and to help develop proposals and manage sponsored research; specific scientific knowledge of a variety of assays including PCR, microarray technology, next generation sequencing, proteomics, and other molecular biology methods; expertise in sample inventorying, storage and management.
Duties include performing a variety of activities related to all stages of the research process for biological specimen collection for multiple interdisciplinary social science research projects.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Management of laboratory facility
Manage collection, processing, analysis, and storage of biological specimens – including conducting specific laboratory procedures such as DNA and RNA extraction from multiple tissues including blood and saliva;
Maintain inventory system for large research projects and prepare periodic progress reports
Acts as expert in bio-specimen collection, processing, storage and analysis by applying substantive knowledge of research field, while maintaining the design of protections for preserving research subject confidentiality
Supervision of temporary employees, graduate and undergraduate students;
Facilitate IRB process for the laboratory and SRC investigators using the laboratory;
Ensure all laboratory activities are in compliance with university, state and federal regulations for lab safety
Assist with preparing progress reports to investigators, the Survey Research Center, and sponsors for multiple projects;
Manage quality control of laboratory processes, procedures, and all testing equipment
Participate in writing research proposals;
Participates as author or co-author reports for funding agencies, articles for publication, and other research materials;
Creates and maintains laboratory best practices and applicable documentation;
Develop and maintain customer, vendor, and funding agency relationships
Assist with monitoring project expenditures;
Assist with budgeting laboratory involvement in external research proposals;
Assist with ordering and maintaining necessary laboratory supply inventory;
Coordinate maintenance and purchases of necessary laboratory equipment
Other duties as assigned
A Bachelor’s degree in in biology, chemistry, or related field.
Four to five years of experience in managing collection, storage and analysis of biological specimens for multiple interdisciplinary studies.
Understanding of IRB process, including experience with applications for biological data.
Familiarity with federal/state regulations and licensing related to lab safety (e.g. OSHA, EHS, LARA).
Demonstrated expertise in relational database software such as Microsoft Excel or Access including queries and reporting.
Experience extracting, purifying, and storing DNA from multiple tissue types.
Demonstrated ability to identify and solve complex problems and the ability to work on and direct several projects simultaneously.
Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing technological environment.
Demonstrated ability to be attentive to detail and to work in a team environment.
Excellent communication skills.
Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field.
Five or more years of experience with managing biological data collection and analysis for behavioral or social science research.
Familiarity with PCR, microarray technology, next generation sequencing, proteomics, and other molecular biology methods.
Familiarity with University of Michigan regulations and licensing related to lab safety (e.g. OSHA, EHS, LARA).
Expertise in inventory software such as Freezerworks
Certification in Clinical Research Administration
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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