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Researcher 3 - Infectious Disease

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays, sick time, tuition reimbursement
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
May 04, 2024
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Job Description:
70% Research Primary duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, studies of virus-host interactions using HIV-1 as a system model

Different projects involve protein expression and purification or work related to RNA vaccine development, including handling and immunizing rabbits and mice. Projects include analyzing HIV-1 interactions with neutralizing antibodies using viral assays, PCR amplification of HIV-1 genes, and monitoring viral active and latent replication in cells. The successful candidate will work in BSL2 and BSL2+ environment and build and use viral vectors to study HIV-1 envelope glycoprotien function under different conditions. In addition, the work involves interaction with other lab member(s), participation in lab meeting, and supervision of undergraduate students.

30% - Data analysis, presentations, and manuscript preparation Analysis of experimental results.

The successful candidate will use different computer programs to analyze the results, identify HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein residues that are related to specific phenotype and verify their effects Development of research directions according to the main project aims and the ongoing experiments Preparation of figures and manuscripts based on the results Reading literature related to the research projects and developing collaborations with other research groups Preparation of data for presentations


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials

Required Qualifications:
* BS/BA and 2 years of related experiences or a combination of education and work to equal 6 years.
* Excellent communication and organization skills with exemplary scientific record keeping
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Power Point
* Ability to work independently, solve problems, work under pressure and manage multiple tasks
* Experience and ability to analyze scientific data, present the research results and prepare manuscripts for publication.
* Enthusiastic to work in new lab studying virus host interactions; team player, proactive, open-minded, creative and willing to learn
* Experience working individually and in groups

Preferred Qualifications:
* Advanced degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D. or equivalent) in biology, microbiology, or a related field
* Experience and skills in molecular biology methods, including cloning, site directed mutagenesis, PCR and analyzing DNA sequencing results
* Demonstrated experience in immunological methods such as ELISA, antibody characterization, and western blot.
* Ability to carry out research protocols from written or oral instructions from lab director
* Experience in work with bacteria, human cells/tissues, recombinant antibodies and viruses, including HIV-1, in a BL2+/BSL3 facility
* Demonstrated experience in 1) protein expression and purification, 2) RNA biology/vaccines, or 3) work with animal models
* Writing and editing ability of manuscripts and grant applications at high level.

How To Apply

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).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

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.

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2019_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7_1.pdf

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