University of Montana Research Assistant III, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Missoula, Montana

Job Description

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences invites applications for a Research Assistant III in the field of pharmacogenomics and precision medicine in the NIH-funded laboratory of Dr. Erica Woodahl (http://health.umt.edu/biomed/labs/woodahl-lab/default.php). Precision medicine and pharmacogenomics are exciting and emerging fields in which researchers and clinicians can use individual variables (e.g. genetics, environmental, and lifestyle) to tailor disease treatment and prevention. The position is in a collaborative environment that produces innovative solutions to precision medicine with diverse populations throughout Montana through multi-site cooperative research studies. The position will direct the laboratory operations of clinical and biomedical research studies involving human participants and will require the application of knowledge and skills specific to the study. The technician will perform research in the study of pharmacogenomics in drug-metabolizing enzymes, drug transporters, and regulatory proteins to understand interindividual variability in drug response and toxicity. The work must be done independently and in a resourceful manner to expedite the research objectives. This position interacts with representatives from federal, state, and Tribal agencies.

Key responsibilities:

  • Process clinical biological specimens (e.g., blood, saliva, and urine samples) for analysis and isolate biological constituents (e.g. DNA, plasma, RBCs, platelets)
  • Purify and validate the quality of DNA and RNA from clinical and in vitro samples
  • Packing and shipping specimens to research partners and outside labs in accordance with federal and institutional requirements
  • Execute techniques using next-generation sequencing approaches and computer programming and analysis of genomics and transcriptomics data
  • Execute experimental techniques in protein purification, molecular biology, and tissue culture
  • Maintain detailed records of freezer inventories of clinical samples and ensure the security of samples for long-term storage
  • Establish and maintain standard operating policies and procedures
  • Monitor the progress of research activities; develop and maintain records of research activities (e.g. budgets and recruitments), and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports, as required by investigators, administrators, funding agencies, and/or regulatory bodies.
  • Plan, implement, and maintain data collection and analysis systems in support of research protocols
  • Recruit and screen potential study participants and determine eligibility according to established criteria
  • Gather pertinent literature and assistance in writing manuscript for publication and preparation in grant submission

The research technician position will be involved in the training of undergraduate and graduate students and other research personnel with regard to specific techniques. The technician will be expected to perform work independently under the supervision of Dr. Erica Woodahl and contribute intellectually to the research program.

This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomic research techniques, specifically those applied to drug-metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters; develop working knowledge of techniques include enzyme/transporter kinetic analyses, cellular transport studies, and pharmacogenomic genotype-phenotype association studies; and develop working knowledge to interact with clinical research staff, participate in the recruitment of human subjects, and collect and process clinical samples for genetic and biomarker analyses.

Required Skills
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, experience managing data and research procedures, and will relish working directly with American Indian communities and other underserved communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and experience managing, using, and/or analyzing complex data sets with databases such as AirTable.
  • Meticulous organizational skills and proven ability to multi-task and work independently and effectively in cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance priorities and set timelines for deliverables.
  • Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
  • Solid analytical skills and persistent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Familiarity with genetics, molecular biology, tissue culture, and protein expression.
Minimum Required Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, or health-related field AND two (2) years of relevant work experience; or any combination of experience and education that provides the competencies necessary to successfully handle the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in precision medicine and pharmacogenomics research.
  • Familiarity with community-based research principles and approaches.
  • Experience in clinical and human subjects research.
About the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and UM

The primary mission of the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences is to offer a dynamic curriculum in the basic pharmaceutical sciences in support of the professional pharmacy degree and strong graduate programs. Emphasis is placed on the development of nationally recognized programs of research, NIH support programs, and Ph.D. level graduate education. Recruitment of new faculty with strong research credentials, and development of current faculty and staff through sabbatical leaves, technology training and development of support resources will be essential in the establishment of a positive, stimulating research environment. Collaborative ties with other units of the University, with regional clinical and basic research centers, and with the pharmaceutical industry will be explored to the fullest extent. The Department will continue its efforts to develop minority-training programs and to recruit minority and female faculty and students.

The University of Montana provides a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking, and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally. The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its essential values of innovation and creativity, impact, openness, and partnership.


Position Details

Position Title: Research Assistant III

Position Number: 063730

Department: Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year.

Salary: $14.513/hrCurrent employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and may be different from the posted salary. _For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department._

Union Affiliation: None

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include: Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's PreferenceReasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


How to Apply

Priority Application Date:*Wednesday, October 24, 2018*by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. Position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related the stated required skills for the position.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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Tracking Code: 2091-254

Job Location: Missoula, Montana, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular