Researcher 2 - Integrative Biology & Physiology

University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, US
May 01, 2021
May 05, 2021
Biology, Energy
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required Qualifications (must be mentioned on application and/or resume):
  • Bachelors degree in Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience or related field and one year of professional experience or a combination or education and experience to equal 5 years.
  • Experience with stereotaxic surgeries and handling viral vectors.
  • Experience with immunohistochemical techniques and fluorescence microscopy.
  • Demonstrated experience working with animals, including colony maintenance and running behavioral neuroscience experiments with rats and/or mice.
  • Experience in reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to work well within the lab group and with collaborators.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and methods.
  • Evidence of being capable of troubleshooting experimental problems

About the Job

50% - Conducts behavioral experiments with rats and mice, including, but not limited to: performing aseptic stereotaxic surgeries, taking regular food and body weight measurements, measuring spontaneous physical activity (SPA), measuring body composition, measuring energy expenditure, and performing trans-cardiac perfusions with minimal supervision.

40% - Transgenic mouse colony management, including implementation of breeding strategy, PCR screening protocols, employment of methods for controlling genetic drift, regular colony up keep (e.g. breeding, weaning, ear tagging, DNA extraction, and euthanasia) and record keeping, with minimal supervision. The ability to modify colony dynamics to meet dynamic experimental needs of lab members. Immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis of brain tissue, including but not limited to: cryostat sectioning of brain tissue, immunofluorescent (IF) staining and microscopy.

10% - Keeps records of all study details in a lab notebook, to be accessible to all lab members. Presents data and interpretation of findings to the lab group, on a regular basis. Keeps inventory of and places orders for lab supplies, reagents, and animals. Maintains compliance with all regulating bodies (e.g. IACUC, IBC, OSHA). Participates in maintaining lab organization. Maintenance, modification, and calibration of equipment. Leads in purchasing negotiations for equipment and service agreements with vendors.

About the Department

This department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of Minnesota is central to the mission of the Medical School and University. The department stands on the shoulders of legends, most notably Professor Maurice Visscher who, more than 50 years ago, had the vision to reach across disciplines in the quest for knowledge discovery. This was a huge leap forward as most everyone then built departments as silos-not daring to seek cross-disciplinary interactions. Visscher's efforts helped launch a remarkable period of biomedical growth and discovery, particularly in cardiovascular biology and disease, where landmark breakthroughs in portable cardiac defibrillators and cardiac open heart repair were envisioned and brought to fruition.

In this spirit, the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology emerges. Our research centers on integrative systems biology of the heart and vasculature, including the close linkages among cardiovascular diseases and obesity, diabetes and metabolism at the whole animal level. The department is ideally positioned to bridge basic science discoveries to clinically relevant applications, spanning from academia to our neighbors in the biomedical industry. The spotlight is on Minnesota as a rising star in cardiovascular research. We welcome new faculty and students who embrace this vision.

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How To Apply

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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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Background Check Information

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/2020_tcd-cslr-75100- ben-0105-7_cs_final.pdf

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