Genomics Scientist

University of North Dakota - Dept. Basic Sciences
Grand Forks, North Dakota
$50,000+/year depending on qualifications
Closing date
Jul 17, 2022

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Life Sciences, Bioinformatics
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type

The Genomics Core at the University of North Dakota is a shared resource providing state of the art genomics capabilities to investigators at UND, institutions across the northern Midwest, as well as commercial clients. The core facility is an NIH supported operation intended to help researchers utilize next generation sequencing technologies in basic and translational research. The Core’s primary function is to help researchers generate genomics data as well as to analyze, interpret, visualize, and store the massive amount of data produced in next generation sequencing experiments. The Core provides services, training and genomics resources to the scientific research community here at UND, NDSU, USDA and other research institutions in ND and neighboring states. The Genomics Core staff assist with project design and sample preparation for next-generation sequencing. They also provide assistance with the analysis and presentation of sequencing data for manuscripts, etc. based on the needs of individual investigators and research projects, using standard and custom workflows.

The purpose of this position is to manage ongoing Genomics and bioinformatics research and provide genomics services to internal and external clients in the genomics Core. This position will provide comprehensive assistance with the design and implementation of experiments, technical assistance with advanced equipment and methods, computational and statistical analysis, and results reporting for SMHS faculty, staff, and students, as well as outside collaborating entities. The position will collaborate with investigators and others to bring issues to appropriate resolution; will present at seminars/teaching forums; and will work on an on-going basis to identify challenges and future directions as the Genomics Core continues to grow.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, annual & sick leave in addition to 11 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

Manage Genomics Core Laboratory Functions

  • Analyze data of genomics and transcriptomics projects on behalf of the Core in consultation with investigators.
  • Keep track of multiple sets of samples or data from multiple customers, organizing workflows for the Core to optimize turn-around time and quality, using Laboratory Inventory Management System (LIMS) software.
  • Provide time estimates for turnaround time for customers.
  • Troubleshoot data analyses as required.
  • Conduct quality control procedures for Core operations as directed by the Core Director.
  • Analyze and interpret data from genomics experiments and projects.
  • Generate reports on the Core's programmatic and budgetary performance in compliance with requirements set by external funding agencies such as NIH and NSF.
  • Interpret customer request and determine best practices in order to provide comprehensive experimentation techniques and computational and statistical data analysis.
  • Interact with internal and external customers (including UND faculty and trainees as well as investigators from other institutions including the DaCCoTA CTR consortium) to explain the capabilities of the Core and help investigators determine how the Core capabilities can assist in their investigations.

Participate in Training and Education With/For Other Core Laboratories

  • Participate in training and education session regarding teaching experimentation techniques, data analysis, and equipment maintenance/usage with/for other SMHS core laboratories to provide comprehensive services to local and outside entities.
  • Become cross trained to perform assays and other technical duties in other SMHS cores to assist with peak workloads and absences.
  • Facilitate and present training seminars for services of the core facility.
  • Attend training seminars for all services of other SMHS core facilities.
  • Provide work direction for other SMHS core facility staff/faculty/students and accept work direction from other SMHS core facility personnel as may be required.

Manage Project Information

  • Manage all core project information including project information, raw data, analyzed data, and steps taken for data analysis.
  • Track core usage data, generate and disseminate reports, as appropriate.
  • Track turn-around time, generate and disseminate reports, as appropriate.
  • Summarize and compile research data to assist with preparation of manuscripts and grants for submission.

Manage and Supervise Core Personnel

  • Help hire, train, evaluate, supervise, and perform disciplinary tasks as necessary for Core personnel.
  • Evaluate current training and operating procedures and processes for employees, draft new policies and procedures, as necessary.
  • Provide appropriate feedback and performance improvement measures and guidance.
  • Maintain organization chart for the Core group supervised, recommend changes as necessary.
  • Attend supervisory training sessions as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  • Provide work direction as necessary to other core laboratory personnel, including guidance on optimal workflow and customer service.

Required Competencies

  • Ability to work in a BSL2 laboratory with appropriate safety training and apparel.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Willingness to learn new skills in Genomics, Statistics, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a busy lab environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Minimum Requirements

  • B.S. in Biology, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, agriculture or other related field.
  • Two or more years of experience in a bioinformatics/genomics lab or, if in a wet lab, experience in working with bioinformatics/genomics tools for analysis of data such as any of the following: microbiome, RNA-seq, ChIP-Seq, ATAC-seq, etc. 
  • Evidence of independent research in form of co-authored peer-reviewed publications or documented experience in working in a core facility.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M Sci or Ph.D. in Biology Life sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, agriculture or other related field.
  • 4+ years of experience in a wet and dry lab outside of a classroom/teaching environment.
  • First-hand experience in genomics related techniques and/or analysis.
  • Proficiency in Linux environment.

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

Minimum starting salary: $50,000+/depending on qualifications; full-time, benefited, exempt position

Work Schedule/Start Date

Monday - Friday; 40 hours per week

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59 PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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