University of Minnesota - Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

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  • REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (must be mentioned on application/resume):
A Master's degree in chemistry and two years pertinent experience or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of four years of pertinent research experience or an equivalent combination of education and research experience to total eight years.

Experience with mass spectrometry, clinical procedures, and quality control measures.

Experience with LCMS and GCMS. Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in written formats.


60% Technical resource and lead scientist for all HPLC and mass spectrometry-based assays in laboratory. Involves extensive knowledge of assay systems and the supporting chemistry for a large number ( >10) of complex assays and instruments ( >10). Maintenance of methods and monitoring assays in accordance with specific validation experiments for CLIA certification requirements for each assay. Performance of complex assays on a routine basis and maintenance of scheduled throughput. Implementation of quality control procedures for each assay. These tasks involve one-time only projects including literature review and knowledge of scientific developments elsewhere in the research community. The position includes responsibility for research method development including the preliminary literature review and subsequent method validation prior to approval and use in the laboratory.

15% Development and set-up of new assays for the laboratory and responsibility for maintenance of -80 freezer facility and biorepository that involves >20 freezers and a tracking system of 100s of 1000s of samples. Data is reviewed daily and this poisition determines which assays pass or fail the standards.

09% Supervision of undergraduate students, initial training of civil service employees, teaching HPLC and mass spectrometry methodologies and procedures to new employees, backup for laboratory manager (senior scientist). Tasks also include new employee orientation, lead worker for day-to-day laboratory operations, and making recommendations on all supervisory-related tasks.

06% Maintenance of system standards and quality control materials for all laboratory assays along with long-term tracking of controls and documentation. Maintenance of laboratory safety procedures.

05% Routine preparation of reports for assay performance and collection of 1st level quality control information

05% Responsibility for laboratory supply ordering and oversight of laboratory supply budget

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