University of Iowa Health Care Department of Otolaryngology, is seeking a Research Associate to Perform clinical testing with the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories, Department of Otolaryngology. The Research Associate will work with samples received into the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories - Clinical Diagnostics Services (MORL CDS) to screen samples for genetic variants associated with hereditary hearing loss. The Research Associate will perform sample accessioning, DNA extraction, targeted sequence capture and massively parallel sequencing, report results, maintain inventory and monitor quality management for the CDS. Duties to include:
Perform research activities in a specialized area.
Research literature as requested.
Adapt and perform protocols from the literature.
Critically review literature for the purposes of furthering the research and developing new
hypotheses in conjunction with the principal investigator.
Experiments, Investigations, Evaluations:
Perform basic and complex procedures and techniques as outlined in research protocol, assure fidelity to protocols, may propose modifications to protocols and/or assist in the design of experiment protocols.
Coordinate experimental tests and plan the processing and analysis of clinical and research data obtained. Document samples, process, test and perform data analysis.
Interpret results and generate result letters according to the Standard Operations Procedures.
Design portions of experimental plan.
Monitor, test and evaluate current procedures.
Identify and adhere to Quality Assurance practices to maintain validity and integrity of research data.
Apply new methods/theories.
Assist in the design and implementation of complex data processing systems to code research data and prepare comprehensive reports.
Develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques and analytical methods and make recommendations for their utilization.
Collect, Analyze and Summarize Data; Prepare Reports; Contribute to Manuscripts, Publications:
May perform statistical analysis of data and qualitative analysis.
Assist in the design of manuals, questionnaires, and forms.
Assist in preparing publications and presentations.
May contribute to the technical writing of papers, manuscripts, and published materials as evidenced by documented recognition.
Present results/finds at team and departmental meetings; may present at local and national meetings.
Administrative and Project Management:
Make recommendations regarding the validity of research subjects and data.
Serve as a liaison with patients and healthcare providers in the testing, shipping and results of clinical samples.
Submit routine IRB, ACURF or similar protocol submissions, if applicable. Keep EHS records which include training, safety procedures, chemical inventory and annual audits.
Responsible for safety programs by following guidelines and maintaining required documentation in support of safety programs.
Facilities and Equipment Management:
Coordinate and manage equipment and facilities.
Monitor environmental risks and quality control.
Test new equipment and troubleshoot and resolve complex equipment failures and repairs.
Coordinate software licenses as necessary to complete projects.
Provide ongoing training on basic and new lab techniques and protocols for employees.
Provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling to track progress and assure outcomes are achieved.
May participate in hiring staff and managing the performance of staff to assure staff to assure staff is compliant with UI policies and procedures.
Percent of Time: 100%
Salary: $ 42,038- Commensurate https://hr.uiowa.edu/pay/pay-plans/professional-and-scientific-pay-structure Benefits Highlights: Salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans For more information about Why Iowa? click here The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, including paid vacation and paid sick leave. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits/fpsm.
Education Required Bachelor's degree in science related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
1 year of biomedical research or laboratory testing experience is required.
Experience performing basic molecular biology techniques, including PCR, DNA extraction, and gel electrophoresis is required.
Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a team setting is required.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are required.
Experience performing genomic methods, including targeted sequence capture, RNA-seq, or CHIP-seqis highly desirable.
Experience in managing compliance, regulatory or safety regulations for a laboratory is desirable.
Experience supervising or training others in laboratory setting is desirable.
Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume, cover letter and 3 references that clearly address how they meet the listed
required and desired qualifications of this position.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 21002204_1619629516
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