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Montana State University Research Associate in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21370

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kim Hilmer

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Research Associate

Brief Position Overview

The Bothner Lab is looking for a qualified individual to complete research in a biological and analytical chemistry

Position Number 4C0487

Department Chemistry

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Research Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 0.25-0.5

Benefits Eligible Depends on FTE (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)

Salary $7800 - 15600 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Bothner Lab is looking for a qualified individual to fulfill the duties of a Research. The individual filling this position will carry out biological and analytical chemistry research related to elucidating CO2 fixation by novel microbial enzymes, pathways for iron and sulfur acquisition in methanogens, and metabolic changes due to cellular and organismal stress. Experimental work includes cell culture, protein expression, purification, and characterization, activity assays, and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and proteomics.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performing biochemical experimentation

  • Data analysis and interpretation

  • Ordering materials and supplies

  • Participating in the writing and preparation of manuscripts for publication and grant proposals

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. or M.S in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology or related field plus a minimum of one year of research experience

  • Experience with one or more of the following: cell culture, protein expression, purification and characterization, bioinformatics.

  • Experience with and/or demonstrated ability to learn common word processing, reference management, and data processing software

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience with spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques including UV-vis, HPLC , FPLC , Mass Spectrometry including GCMS , LCMS , and MALDI - TOF

  • Experience using common bioinformatics tools

  • Experience with software tools for differential omics analyses such as Progenesis, SCMS , and/or Metaboanalyst

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have good interpersonal, organizational, communication, and computer skills

  • Have the ability to work independently and with others as well as an aptitude for establishing and maintaining constructive working relationships with a wide spectrum of laboratory personnel in a collaborative environment, while representing MSU in a professional manner.

  • Have the ability to maintain excellent records, pay attention to detail, meet deadlines, prioritize multiple projects, present research results in front of colleagues.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Continuation of employment is contingent upon the availability of funding.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the physical demands required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on July 29, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .