Assistant Researcher - 24328BR

Assistant Researcher

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas is looking to fill a full-time, benefits eligible Assistant Researcher position within the Vaccine Analytics and Formulation Center with the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department. The Assistant Researcher would be responsible for performing experiments, routine lab management, writing reports and assisting other laboratory members with experiments.

The University of Kansas offers great benefits to employees such as paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, retirement, medical and dental insurance and much more. KU offers tuition assistance for employees and their dependents as well as many professional development opportunities.

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
  • 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. Minimum 1 year experience in an Academic or industrial laboratory in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, biophysics, pharmaceutics or related research areas.
  3. Demonstrated effective written communication skills as evidenced in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master's degree in the field of virology (preferred), biology, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related field.
  2. Knowledge of virology and/or microbiology as demonstrated by appropriate laboratory experience and/or relevant coursework.
  3. Academic or industrial experience developing and running qPCR assays and fluorescence microscopy.
  4. 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).
  5. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a collaborative research effort.
  6. 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

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position.
  • A Cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin on 2/14/2023 and continue until a successful candidate has been identified. To ensure first consideration, apply by 2/13/2023.

Contact Information to Applicants

Emily Dykes

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $40,000.00

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Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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