Research Specialist III, Center for Environmental Health Sciences
University of Montana - Missoula, MT

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Intra-Departmental Recruitment / Staff Vacancy Announcement

Only non-temporary staff of may apply.

Position Number 064510

Department: Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Closing Date : March 6, 2013

Work Schedule : Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE

Minimum Entry Rate: $13.248/hr-$14.132/hr. Rate of pay determined by staff compensation structure.

Union Affiliation: None

Probationary Period : Six months minimum

Benefits Include: Insurance package; mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver; professional development/wellness program

The mission of Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) is to advance knowledge of environmental impacts on human health. The Center brings together a critical mass of researchers to investigate mechanisms of pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, immune and autoimmune disorders, developmental defects, neurodegenerative diseases, genetic susceptibility, and the impacts environmental factors have in causing or exacerbating these conditions. These studies will lead to new or better treatments, improved assessment of the actual risks caused by exposure to environmental agents, and more effective methods to detect and reduce the adverse health impacts of these agents on human health.

This position performs technical and independent protocols in laboratories in CEHS; independently performs research-related tasks, record keeping of statistical data, and daily maintenance of laboratory space and equipment; maintains laboratory equipment records for verification of receivable/warranty information for the laboratory; prepares supplies and reagents; supervises undergraduate and graduate students; and assists in the preparation of manuscripts, posters, and presentation of material for conferences and CEHS meetings. The research specialist prepares data for publication; gathers literature in preparing manuscripts and presentations; presents data analysis and procedural development at conferences; provides training and oversight to other research personnel; collects research data to determines efficacy of procedures and protocols; and processes blood and tissue samples in the development of procedures and protocols.

This position requires incumbent to develop:
Working knowledge of plating and maintenance of primary cell cultures and cell lines and transfections

Familiarity with the following laboratory techniques and protocols (not limited to): preparation of biological buffers, DNA/RNA extraction, purification, and analysis techniques (PCR, RT/PCR, sequencing, etc.), transfections

Working knowledge of culture and maintenance of primary cell cultures and cell lines

Working knowledge of ELISA (Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay) type assays and Protein detection by Western analysis

Familiarity with the following types of instrumentation (not limited to): PCR machines, Gel Electrophoresis Equipment, Centrifuges, Microscopes (inverted and regular), Colorimetric and fluorometric plate readers, Microtome, Flow Cytometry and sterile sorting, Confocal microscopy

Required Skills

Ability to independently perform advanced and complex research-related tasks

Skills to determine viability of specimens and day-to-day research activities

Effective written and verbal communication skills

Ability to multi-tasking, organize, plan and schedule, and detail-oriented capabilities

Computer skills (Mac and PC)

Demonstrated ability with software: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and EndNote

Demonstrated knowledge of database development and interpretation

Ability to develop immediate troubleshooting techniques in the daily development of procedures while experiments are on-going

Physical Requirements

(Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.)

Ability to work in a laboratory setting and spending a significant amount of time at laboratory benches; must be able to work with animals and human tissue samples; and must be able to lift and move equipment.

Required Experience

Higher education course work in biology, chemistry and/or related field and two (2) years of related current experience, or an equivalent combination of education and current experience


Upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Letter of Interest – please alsoaddress the stated required skills for the position

Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience

Three (3) letters of recommendation* addressing specific position capabilities (what was the position and what did it require you to do and learn)

Include or list samples of your work – will enable the reviewers to see your capabilities

If selected for an interview, you will be asked to give a presentation during the interview

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