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Research Associate/Post Doctoral Research Associate *UPDATED*
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
Date Posted 01/21/2022
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 at (406) 994-5376 or kimberly.hilmer@montana.edu .
Classification Title Research Professional
Working Title Research Associate/Post Doctoral Research Associate *UPDATED*
Brief Position Overview
The DuBois Lab is looking for a motivated postdoc or biochemistry professional to complete a federally funded biochemistry research project. 
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 Salary range of $45,000 to $55,000 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 Postdoctoral Research Associate or biochemistry professional in an established and productive research lab. The individual filling this position will carry out biochemical research in one of two project areas. First, we are seeking to characterize the interplay of human and microbiome metabolisms at the molecular level. We are specifically interested in understanding the biochemistry of iron metabolism by the types of bacteria that live symbiotically within the human GI tract. A second project area concerns the engineering of an enzymatic cascade for converting waste plastic into useful materials. 
Experimental work may include molecular cloning, expression, purification, and characterization of proteins, activity assays, and biophysical studies of the purified enzymes and metabolites, depending on the project defined for the applicant. Biophysical studies could involve use of mass spectrometry, NMR, and other allied techniques. Bacterial cultivation in fermenter, chemostat, or anaerobic chambers may be relevant. 
Duties and Responsibilities
Primary Duties:
  • Performing biochemical experimentation in the lab on a daily basis
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Keeping appropriate records of data
  • Writing reports and papers, including the creation of publication quality figures
  • Training and supervising new researchers in the lab

Secondary Duties:
  • 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 software used with plotting and analyzing data.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Experience with cultivation of and physiological measurements involving bacterial cells under different conditions
  • Experience with protein expression and purification, and associated manipulation of DNA sequences
  • Spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques such as UV-vis, EPR, HPLC, FPLC. Atomic Absorption, Mass Spectrometry, NMR. Use of these techniques to quantitatively analyze biochemical samples.
  • Familiarity with kinetics measurements and/or biochemical catalysis.
  • Manuscript writing and figure preparation experience. 
  • The Successful Candidate Will
    • Be a motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic. This means coming to work and putting in a full day’s work each day.
    • 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.
    • The ability to maintain excellent records, pay attention to detail, meet deadlines, prioritize multiple projects, present research results in front of colleagues.
    • Be immediately eligible to work in the US. 

    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 2
    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
    Position End Date (if temporary)
    Open Date
    Close Date
    Applications will be:
    Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the positions are filled.
    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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