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Research Associate / Post-doc
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
Date Posted 08/19/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21339
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Kim Hilmer
(406) 994-5376
Classification Title Research Professional
Working Title Research Associate / Post-doc
Brief Position Overview
The DuBois Lab is looking for a qualified individual to complete research in a biological chemistry and/or to assist with standard lab operations.
Position Number 4C0445
Department Chemistry
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Research Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $35,000-50,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

General Statement
The DuBois Lab is looking for a qualified individual to fulfill the duties of a Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Associate in an established and productive research lab. The individual filling this position will carry out biochemical research related to understanding iron metabolism by bacterial cultures and cocultures, and/or exploring novel pathways for iron and sulfur acquisition in methanogens. Experimental work includes molecular cloning, expression, purification, and characterization of proteins, activity assays, and biophysical studies of the purified enzymes and metabolites. Biophysical studies could involve use of mass spectrometry, NMR, and other allied techniques.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performing biochemical experimentation 
  • Data analysis and interpretation 
  • Training and supervising new researchers in the lab 
  • Managing purchasing, receiving, and inventorying, including keeping track of expenses. 
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • B.S , M.S., or PhD in chemistry, biochemistry or related field plus a minimum of one year of research experience. 
  • Experience with one or more of the following: genetic cloning, protein expression, purification and characterization, mass spectrometry, NMR
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated ability to learn common software used with plotting and analyzing data
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Experience with spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques including UV-vis, CD, EPR, HPLC, FPLC. Atomic Absorption, Mass Spectroscopy, NMR 
  • Grant and/or manuscript writing experience.
  • The Successful Candidate Will
    • Have good interpersonal, organizational, communication and computer skills. 
    • Have the ability to work independently and with others as well as an aptitude for establishing and maintaining constructive working relationships with a wide spectrum of laboratory personnel in a collaborative environment, while representing MSU in a professional manner. 
    • Have the ability to maintain excellent records, pay attention to detail, meet deadlines, prioritize multiple projects, present research results in front of colleagues.
    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
    Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding. 
    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
    Physical Demands
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
    This position has supervisory duties? No

    Number of Vacancies 1
    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
    Position End Date (if temporary)
    Open Date
    Close Date
    Applications will be:
    Screening of applications will begin on July 16, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
    Special Instructions
    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples .

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .
    In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.
    MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html .

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