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Lab Manager / Research Associate

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In order to be considered for this position, please upload your resume and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18023
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jan Bowman
(406) 994-5563

Classification Title Research Professional
Working Title Lab Manager / Research Associate
Brief Position Overview
Position Number 4C6061
Department Animal & Range Sciences
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

A full-time position has become available managing the Animal Biosciences Building (ABB) laboratory complex associated with the Animal & Range Sciences Department. Research activities within the ABB include: Microbiology, Genetics, Physiology, and Nutrition. The successful applicant will be an active participant in the department’s research, teaching, and extension team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include managing the laboratories and associated facilities, ensuring safety and compliance of laboratory employees and students, conducting and/or overseeing analytical procedures, and contributing to ongoing research and data analyses. Additional responsibilities include maintaining inventories of chemicals and supplies, ensuring research equipment is maintained, managing laboratory budgets, developing and teaching laboratory procedures and analytical operations to technical staff, undergraduate and graduate students.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor of Science in a biological/chemical sciences or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience in laboratory program development and oversight.
  3. Demonstrated experience in laboratory analytical techniques including collecting, organizing, and recording data.
  4. Demonstrated experience in conducting research.
  5. Demonstrated experience managing budgets, both expenditures and income.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master of Science in a biological/chemical sciences or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience in managing research projects including maintaining equipment, purchasing supplies, following appropriate safety procedures, and managing budgets.
  3. Demonstrated experience in computer processing of data, including proficiency in using standard statistical, spreadsheet, and database software.
  4. Demonstrated ability to develop and communicate laboratory procedures.
  5. Demonstrated experience in the use and maintenance of established and new laboratory equipment.
  6. Demonstrated molecular biology experience.
  7. Demonstrated experience in basic information technology, i.e., installation, maintenance, and implementation of computer systems and applications.
  8. Demonstrated experience in personnel management and training.
The Successful Candidate Will

Have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; possess highly effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to work cooperatively with research faculty, co-workers, students, and staff; possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; be meticulous and precise in carrying out work assignments; follow instructions, maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines and prioritize competing demands; handle sensitive information; and represent Animal and Range Sciences and MSU in a professional manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

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

Posting Detail Information

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 August 31, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

In order to be considered for this position, please upload your resume and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

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 race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. 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; .

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents

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