Researcher 3, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Created 07/25/2021
Employer University of Minnesota
Reference 11403351
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
The Schmidt lab in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development / College Biological Sciences is seeking a Researcher to manage lab operations and conduct experimental procedures as part of an interdisciplinary team of biochemists, protein engineers, and virologists. The laboratory conducts large scale structure/function and engineering studies in complex protein systems such as mammalian ion channels and viral vectors (specifically, Adeno-Associated Virus). Our goals are to develop new molecular reagents for optical and chemical control of cellular physiology & signaling and cell-type specific gene delivery in the brain other tissues of the human body. Ongoing laboratory research activities are focused on high-throughput genotype/phenotype assays (Deep Mutational Scanning), computational modelling of protein structure and function, in vivo animal models of human disease, and target gene therapy.

The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigator to oversee and contribute to all lab projects. The incumbent can expect to spend 20% of time supervising staff and managing lab operations and 80% of time performing wet lab work.

Essential Functions:
80% Wet lab work / Research:
• Conduct experiment using established lab assays (35%)
• Support graduate students and postdocs to develop and optimize standard operating procedures for new lab assays (30%)
• Write routine summary reports on results of work and confer with Principal Investigator on interpretation of results and avenues of investigation (5%)
• Maintain datasets produced by the lab (NextGen Sequencing data, Flow cytometry data, etc.) (5%)
• Other responsibilities as needed (5%)

20% Staff supervision and lab operations:
• Supervise and manage the work of technicians and undergraduate students (5%)
• Work with the Principal Investigator to strategize project timelines and costs (5%)
• Manage the use of equipment and facilities as well as lab safety compliance documentation (5%)
• Manage samples and freezer inventories for all biological samples stored in the lab (5%)

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:

Researcher 3: Civil Service Employment Group:


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

Required Qualifications: BS/BA in biological sciences (biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field) including course work in upper level biochemistry and cell biology. 2 years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal six (6) years.

Preferred Qualifications: BS/BA in biological sciences (biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field) including course work in upper level biochemistry and cell biology. 6 years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal ten (10) years. Experience working with mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, NextGen Sequencing, protein analytical assays (e.g., Western blotting), and protein separation (e.g., FPLC).

About the Department

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development (GCD) spans a broad spectrum of biological disciplines, including the storage and expression of information (genetics), its translation into the workings of individual cells (cell biology), and the assembly of cells into tissues and organ systems (development).

Our vision for the future of the department embraces three critical strategies: 1) integration of methods and ideas across disciplines, 2) collaborative projects that assemble the people required to achieve that integration, and 3) strategic use of model systems that provide the most powerful experimental access to important biological and medical problems. With our uniquely diverse expertise, these approaches allow us to build upon innovative basic science and to translate fundamental discoveries into direct benefits for society.

How To Apply

All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

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 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:

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.
Date expired 10/26/2021

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