Molecular Diagnostic Professional

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites applications for a full-time, fiscal-year Molecular Diagnostic Professional to begin work Spring, 2018 based in the new Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (DRL) of the University of Maine in Orono. This position will be responsible for providing coordination of the molecular testing that will be conducted within the facility. The position is expected to work collaboratively with faculty, professional and classified staff to conduct molecular diagnostic testing in response to issues associated with animal, plant and disease vectors. Typical hiring range for this position is $40,000 to $42,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Specific Duties: Coordinate and manage the molecular testing shared facility within the Diagnostic and Research Labs (DRL)
Provide support to the DRL laboratories as required.
Report results of testing to appropriate faculty and professional staff in a timely and accurate manner.
Follow all Standard Operating Procedures and safety protocols for conducting molecular testing including any required trainings and certifications
Aid in the development and amendment of laboratory operating protocols.
Conduct assay validation, quality control, quality assurance and trouble shooting as required
Design and Develop molecular diagnostic assays
Preparation and handling of samples for genetic sequencing
Monitor and maintain inventory of supplies, equipment, and reagents.
Operate, calibrate, and perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment.
Ensure that safe laboratory practices are followed, including the use and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials.
Support classified technicians in the coordination of molecular testing.
General Duties:
Support faculty colleagues to secure external grants, funds and contracts that include diagnostic testing and applied research. .
Compile reports as requested, including Civil Rights.
Develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
Commit to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
Utilize coaching and mentoring methods that provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology or other closely related discipline.
Experience working with molecular diagnostic technologies including, DNA/RNA extraction/purification, quantitative real-time PCR, RT-PCR and gel electrophoresis.
Demonstrated management and organizational skills.
Demonstrated experience in prioritizing and managing a workload of testing procedures and samples
Collaborative work skills with colleagues
Demonstrated effective communication using oral, written and electronic methods.
Demonstrated experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel and Word
Independent as well as teamwork skills; must be self-motivated and directed with the ability to achieve measurable results and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment.
Work schedule flexibility depending upon the needs of the position .
MS or PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology or other closely related discipline.
Knowledge of Cooperative Extension
Experience with molecular assay design .
Successful supervisory experience.
Experience working with diverse audiences and supporting equal opportunity, affirmative action, and civil rights goals.
Supervisory Responsibilities: No direct supervisory responsibilities, however, supervision of classified or student employees may be assigned in the future.
Position Type: Full-time, ongoing, base budgeted appointment
Schedule for Evaluation: Nine-month probationary appointment. Evaluation in the initial six months of employment and then annually thereafter in accordance with the UMS-UMPSA agreement
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
To apply, materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin March 16, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV

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