University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire (US)
Commensurate with experience
November 17 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


Summary of Position

Under general supervision of the Laboratory Scientific Director/Technical Supervisor of the UNH COVID-19 testing facility, assist the Director in all aspects of the SARS-COV-2 testing program, including evaluating system performance, reviewing test results, and recommending enhancements to the testing program. Additional responsibilities include performing basic scientific research in the area of molecular diagnostics, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or molecular epidemiology, interpretation and analysis of the results, participate in the dissemination of research results, and collaborating with others to develop a path to sustainability of the testing laboratory, including expanding the testing platform and implementing technological enhancements, developing diagnostic tests for emerging viral and bacterial pathogens, and networking with other facilities in the state and region to enhance preparedness for future disease outbreaks.

Acceptable minimum level of education


Acceptable minimum years of experience

2 years

Additional Job Information

This benefits-eligible position is for a 1-year initial period, but anticipated to extend for 2 or more years, contingent of the availability of funds.

Other minimum qualifications

  1. Doctorate or equivalent professional degree in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular epidemiology, or closely related disciplines, with doctoral research and/or postdoctoral closely aligned with proposed work.
  2. Knowledge of state-of-the art technologies for the detection, quantification, and analysis of viral and bacterial disease vectors, including polymerase chain reaction methodologies, related molecular diagnostic techniques, bioinformatics, laboratory information management systems, and computer programming.
  3. Visual acuity sufficient for work which deals largely with visual inspection for preparing and analyzing data, computer operation, extensive reading, and inspection of small parts.
  4. Ability to wear safety equipment to include safety glasses, gloves, gown, face mask, face shield, and respirator.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with University staff, co-workers, students, and the public.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  1. Two or three years of post-doctoral training in a relevant discipline
  2. Prior work experience in a clinical diagnostics laboratory setting.
  3. Prior experience with supervision of laboratory technicians, graduate and undergraduate students.
  4. Excellent communication skills, not only for scientific audiences but also with state and federal government agencies and the general public.

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The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.