Genomics Specialist - 22361BR

Genomics Specialist

Biodiversity Institute
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The genomics specialist at the University of Kansas (KU) Biodiversity Institute (BI) conducts collaborative research while overseeing a 1,468-square-foot shared-use molecular laboratory. This lab is used by a diverse and highly interactive group of approximately 25 scientists who are addressing a range of research questions in systematics and evolution using organisms from across the tree of life (invertebrates, microbes, plants, or vertebrates). The genomics specialist is responsible for developing and conducting research projects in collaboration with BI scientists and managing the day-to-day operations of the laboratory. This position is scheduled to begin in summer or fall of 2022.

As a premier biodiversity research center and museum, the KU Biodiversity Institute is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. The BI believes that a diversity of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. As such, the BI actively seeks applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

Job Description

Research (65%)
  • Conduct independent or collaborative genomic research.
  • Develop research projects in collaboration with BI curators, staff, and students based on the acquisition and analysis of data generated via high-throughput parallel-sequencing platforms.
  • Prepare, present, and publish research papers based on the results of research projects both independently and in concert with others.
Laboratory and resource management (25%)
  • Supervise use of shared molecular laboratory facilities.
  • Coordinate lab safety and general lab training of new personnel and students.
  • Ensure compliance with established protocols for laboratory safety.
  • Answer general or safety questions from lab users.
  • Oversee regular maintenance and repairs of laboratory equipment, as well as the procurement and preparation of shared reagents, laboratory supplies, and standing sequencing service quotes.
  • Track lab usage and prepare user invoices at the end of each academic term, three times a year.
  • Complete an annual lab rate review in collaboration with the Office of Research.
  • Serve as the liaison between the BI curators, staff, and students, and the in-house and campus-wide computational facilities (e.g., the KU Community Cluster).
  • Participate in the KU Natural History Museum’s public programming by providing information and supervised access to laboratory facilities.
Supervision (5%)
  • Oversee hiring, training, and daily supervision of laboratory graduate student assistant, when available.
  • Oversee activities of users in the molecular lab and on the shared in-house and campus-wide computing resources.
Other duties as assigned (5%)

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics, or related field from an accredited university.
  2. Research experience and ongoing interest in evolution, systematics, population genetics, or related disciplines as documented by publications in peer-reviewed outlets.
  3. Two or more years practical experience with basic laboratory methods such as DNA extraction, PCR, and DNA sequencing.
  4. Experience with the acquisition of genomic data using parallel-sequencing platforms (e.g., RNAseq, ddRAD, target capture, whole-genome sequencing).
  5. Experience with analytical and computational analyses of genomic sequence data.
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the Ph.D. in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree, the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with management of molecular laboratory facilities.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other researchers.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, a letter of application outlining interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, name and contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will begin June 30, 2022.

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Wm. Leo Smith

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Biodiversity Institute
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