Assistant Researcher MVSC - 12383BR

Assistant Researcher MVSC

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

This position is in the Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center (MVSC). The MVSC is focused on the characterization, stabilization and formulation development of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines (recombinant proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, inactivated and live viruses/bacteria antigens) for a wide variety of clients and collaborators from academia, industry, government agencies and non-profit groups.

Job Description

70% Perform experiments as directed or trained. These duties include carrying out directed as well as original research experiments relative to the mission of the lab. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to perform experiments on an individual basis that pertain to current research topics in the laboratory. Design experiments employing techniques such as cell culture, qPCR, and viral plaque assays Keep accurate and detailed records of experiments performed.

10% Routine lab management - These duties include but are not limited to the evaluation and maintenance of laboratories stocks and supplies, including ordering of supplies, management of laboratory records and laboratory documents, equipment maintenance and coordination of BL2 lab safety documents.

10% Write reports - These duties include graphing and presenting data, writing technical reports for the lab, and preparing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

10% Assist other laboratory members with experiments. These duties will include assisting other members of the laboratory under the discretion of the principal investigator or other members of the laboratory.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutics or related fields.
  2. Academic or industrial laboratory experience (minimum 1-year) biochemistry, biology, chemistry, biophysics, pharmaceutics or a related research areas.
  3. Demonstrated effective written communication skills as evidenced by the application materials and CV.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master's Degree in the field of virology (preferred), biology, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related field.
  2. 1-5 years of lab experience in the field of virology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields.
  3. Knowledge of virology and/or microbiology as demonstrated by appropriate laboratory experience and/or relevant coursework.
  4. Academic or industrial experience developing and running qPCR assays and fluorescence microscopy.
  5. Academic or industrial experience in physicochemical techniques including CD, fluorescence, DLS and particle characterization techniques as well as SDS-PAGE and HPLC techniques (SEC, ion-exchange).
  6. Experience in lab management including maintaining laboratory notebooks/data bases and calibrating analytical instrumentation
  7. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a collaborative research effort.
  8. Experience using Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and data analysis using various other software packages (i.e., Origin, MatLab). Must be able to use the Internet to perform scientific literature searches.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes: an online application through KU employment website, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. The cover letter and resume should clearly indicate how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.

Review of applications begins August 27, 2018. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Emily Thomas Dykes 785-864-4937

Advertised Salary Range

35,000 / commensurate upon experience

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Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
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