Research Specialist
University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

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Job Info

University of Idaho

Research Specialist

Location: Moscow

Division/College: College of Engineering

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $18.00 per hour or higher depending on experience

FTE: 1

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
Performs research activities and data analysis. Records observations and measurements and reports results. Participates in analyzing and preparing results for publication. Works under general supervision.

This is an entry-level professional position responsible for performing a mix of routine and non-routine tasks in support of research led by others. Work is specifically focused on conducting SARS-CoV-2 analysis on wastewater samples received from state and regional Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTFs). Samples will be received and processed three times weekly from up to 10 WWTFs. Investigations require mastery of methods, equipment, and instruments required for wastewater analyses, including but not limited to molecular and chemical analyses.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or related field.

  • Demonstrated experience following pre-established laboratory procedures and protocols in a consistent and documented manner.
  • Experience working in a microbiology or molecular biology lab
  • Analyzing scientific data
  • Keeping complete and accurate records
  • Working in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Post-baccalaureate experience working in a molecular biology laboratory and with wastewater samples.
  • Experience receiving, processing, and tracking large numbers of samples and reporting results on a regular basis.
  • Experience working in a BSL2 environment, and familiarity with BSL2 protocols.
  • Experience performing RT-qPCR and related analytical methods.
  • Knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to describe analytical results.
  • Experience processing wastewater samples for recovery and analysis of RNA and DNA.
  • Experience performing quantitative PCR on complex biological matrices, including wastewater samples.
  • Knowledge on protocols for detecting and quantifying SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
  • Ability to be stationary for an extended period in a laboratory setting and also able to move about the lab when needed. Ability to lift, carry and/or otherwise move up to 50 lbs.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other

Posting Number: SP003354P

Posting Date: 04/25/2022

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
Applications submitted by 05/13/2022 will receive first round consideration.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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