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Senior Research Lab Technician

Posted: Oct. 1, 2020

We are looking for a Senior Research Lab Technician to join the research group of Dr. Jaapna Dhillon in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Our group examines diet-health relationships using innovative microbiome and omics tools. Current research projects are in the areas of personalized nutrition, ingestive behavior and health disparities. The Research Specialist will perform professional-technical tasks usually involving supervision over a project and participation in a variety of research procedures. Research will be conducted in a variety of settings such as offices, MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) facility, MU Physical Activity and Wellness (MUPAW) clinical facility, and Clinical Research Center (CRC). Hours will be primarily during the business day but also some early mornings, evenings, or weekend days. This staff member will have a central role in setting up the research group and making original scientific contributions to the research projects in the lab.

Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate potential participants for research studies based on research criteria; conduct standardized tests; conduct participant interviews.
  • Write study protocols, consolidate research records and manage databases.
  • Data collection: Measure anthropometrics, conduct cardiovascular tests, collect and process blood, stool, and tissue samples, assist with metabolic protocols, administering questionnaires.
  • Perform data entry and assist with data analyses using specialized software (e.g. R, SPSS, JMP, NDSR).
  • Use nutritional analysis software to assist in the design of research diets; assemble research diets for participant consumption.
  • Perform laboratory biochemical analyses and assays to measure the concentrations of metabolites in human samples (e.g., glucose, fatty acids, triglycerides, insulin, inflammatory markers etc.).
  • Prepare summaries concerning status of on-going research projects and document progress in meeting short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Order supplies and itemize budget requirements for all on-going and planned research projects.
  • Oversee laboratory safety protocols and the upkeep of laboratory equipment.
  • Coordinate communication between postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and clinical research center staff.

Supervision Received: Works with moderate degree of supervision and within procedures and guidelines.

Supervision Exercised: Provide supervision of the undergraduate research assistants in the laboratory. Verify their hours of work. Teach them basic laboratory and clinical skills and provide feedback to the Principle Investigator regarding the student's progress in acquiring lab skills.

Work Hours (expected): 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (occasional early mornings/evenings/weekends)

Minimum Qualifications: Provided by HRS according to classification specifications

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the Biological or Health Sciences fields preferred. Minimum one-year lab/clinical experience (acquired over the course of the degree or after). Strong general laboratory skills, written and oral communication skills, people skills, and computer skills. Must have ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people. Proactive, fast learner and works with little supervision once trained.

Application Materials: CV; 1 or 2 letters of reference; Apply Online Job ID#: 34571