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Colorado State University Laboratory Coordinator in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Laboratory Coordinator

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202100132AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Research Associate III

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $45,000 - $50,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

Desired Start Date 04/01/2021

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 03/07/2021

Description of Work Unit

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is a research unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources. Scientific research there is focused on understanding ecosystem processes and managing natural resources.

Position Summary

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory seeks a laboratory coordinator in the field of soil microbiology and microbial metabolism. The coordinator will support and coordinate research on carbohydrate anabolism and catabolism in soil organisms and the environment. This lab technician will be responsible for developing libraries of soil microorganisms capable of consuming and synthesizing various carbohydrates. This will require helping build new microbial prospecting platforms. In addition, the laboratory coordinator will support efforts to identify the genes responsible for novel metabolism using a variety of ‘omics’ approaches. The position is ongoing, pending adequate performance and available funding.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Candidates must have at least a B.S./B.A. degree plus a minimum of 5 years related experience, or Master’s degree plus at least 2 years experience, or PhD

  • Degree(s) should be in Microbial Ecology, Soil Microbiology, or other closely related field

  • Broad understanding of microbial physiology and microbial interactions with the environment

  • Experience developing laboratory assays in soils and/or cultures

  • Experience understanding and managing microbiological and/or genomic datasets

  • Excellent communication skills

    Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in developing microbial isolate or consortia libraries via a variety of microbial culturing and isolation approaches

  • Demonstrated experience in working with ‘omics’ databases, bioinformatics and coding (knowledge of Python and/or additional languages are an advantage), and/or statistical analysis (R and other statistical software) as related to microbiome analysis

  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students

  • Previous experience in working with the soil organic matter cycling and stabilization

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to peer-reviewed publications

  • Work with stable isotope tracers

    Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research, research support, team supervision/coordination

Duty/Responsibility

  • Conduct soil and culture-based experiments to understand carbohydrate metabolism

  • Develop new, high-throughput assays to identify and isolate bacteria based on carbohydrate consumption.

  • Train and supervise activities of RAs, graduate students, and undergraduate student hourlies.

    Percentage Of Time 75

    Job Duty Category Project Management

    Duty/Responsibility

  • Manage timelines of many experiments that are interdependent

  • Ensure close interaction and communication with all project participants to ensure project success within the allocation time allotted

    Percentage Of Time 15

    Job Duty Category Manuscript Writing

    Duty/Responsibility

  • Work with team members to develop outlines and draft text for peer-review manuscripts.

    Percentage Of Time 5

    Job Duty Category Grant Proposal Writing

    Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist with the writing grant proposals to state, federal, industry and other granting institutions to acquire future funding for this position.

    Percentage Of Time 5

    Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of the following: Resume/CV Cover letter Three references References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Rich.Conant@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you have a B.S./B.A. degree plus a minimum of 5 years related experience, or Master’s degree plus at least 2 years experience, or PhD?

Degree(s) should be in Microbial Ecology, Soil Microbiology, or other closely related field

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have a broad understanding of microbial physiology and microbial interactions with the environment?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have experience developing laboratory assays in soils and/or cultures?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have experience understanding and managing microbiological and/or genomic datasets?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have excellent communication skills?

  • Yes

  • No

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

    Optional Documents

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