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Researcher 1 Full-time

at University of Minnesota in Minnesota (Published at 16-01-2020)

All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Biology or a related field of science or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years
  • Familiarity with molecular biology techniques
  • Basic knowledge in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology with related coursework

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working in a research lab
  • Demonstrated ability to meticulously and accurately record experiments in lab notebooks
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques, PCR, cell/tissue culture, sectioning for histology, immunohistochemistry, biochemical analysis of protein expression
  • Experience designing and constructing plasmid vectors and analyzing DNA sequences with web-based programs (BLAST and Pubmed)

We are seeking a highly self-motivated and organized individual for a Researcher position to join our group of researchers studying human heart failure and develop breakthrough treatments. The research of the laboratory focuses on identifying genes that are involved in heart failure and perform functional measurements in contracting heart muscle samples. This individual will work closely with a senior member of the laboratory and assist with the experiments and animal husbandry.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

40% - Molecular Biology

  • Quantitative Western Blotting and Immunohistochemistry of Heart Muscle Tissue
  • Design primers for PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and run PCR, purify DNA and RNA, construct plasmid vectors, amplify and purify plasmids, analyze DNA sequences.

30% - Cell Biology

  • Culture and transfection of cells (e.g. 293 cell)
  • Light Microscopy

30% - General Lab Maintenance

  • Procurement of human heart muscle samples from the operating room
  • Dissection of heart muscle samples for contractile studies
  • Make solutions and gels for electrophoresis
  • Organize reagents and chemicals
  • Write and organize lab manuals
  • Other duties as needed

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.



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