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Microbiology – Researcher 2

University of Minnesota

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description

Bachelors degree (in a biological science, geology/chemistry/engineering, preferred) and at least one year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience to equal a minimum of 5 years.
Candidates must possess excellent organizational and outstanding interpersonal skills, demonstrate ability to work in a team-oriented environment while also being able to work independently, and must demonstrate ability to do timely, detail-oriented work with excellent results.


Preferred candidates will have experience conducting cultivation-based experiments with bacteria, microscopy and/or molecular biology. Additionally, candidates who are intellectually inquisitive and are capable of troubleshooting protocols are preferred.

Essential functions:

Perform experiments including cultivation of bacteria, use of flow cytometry and microscopy. (45%)
Assist with general laboratory and equipment maintenance, chemical waste and lab safety management; as well as inventory of samples and chemical in the lab. (50%)
Informal training of students in the lab. (5%)

Description: The researcher will support an interdisciplinary research project that investigates the role of phosphate accumulating microorganisms in oral health. The research team is investigating the presence and role of oral bacteria that sequester polyphosphate in dental decay. The team involves researchers with backgrounds in oral and environmental microbiology, as well as mineralogy, geomicrobiology and geochemistry. The successful candidate will have some experience in one or more of these areas, and feel comfortable exploring concepts and skills in unfamiliar disciplines. The researcher will work in microbiology laboratories in both the Department of Earth Sciences and the UMN Dental School.
In addition to supporting specific grant-related research objectives such as cultivation of bacteria, flow cytometry and microscopy, additional duties include helping with general laboratory and equipment maintenance, chemical waste and lab safety management and sample and chemical inventory management. The hire may also be asked to help train new students in basic laboratory skills.
The work environment may involve exposure to human salivary fluid and dental plaque as well as potentially dangerous materials including hazardous chemicals and potential Biosafety Level 2 pathogens that require safety precautions and the use of protective equipment.
The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is a vibrant interdisciplinary department whose facultys research ranges from paleoclimate to deep earth dynamics. The Department is in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences ( which also includes the Institute for Rock Magnetism, the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Facility, the Minnesota Geological Survey, and the Polar Geospatial Center. The majority of the School resides in John T. Tate Hall on the Minneapolis campus, with some labs on the St. Paul campus. Other affiliated research units at the University include the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory, the Institute on the Environment, and the BioTechnology Institute.
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
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