Animal Diagnostic Professional 1

University of Minnesota - Office of Human Resources
March 25, 2020
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree or a combination of related education and work experience equal to four years.
Experience with the following: nucleic acid extraction (both RNA and DNA), TaqMan PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, and experience handling and processing diagnostic specimens in a BSL2 environment. Education and/or work experience dealing with computational analysis of data.

Preferred Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field of science
1-2 years of previous experience working in a laboratory.
Experience with magnetic bead nucleic acid extraction.
Experience with quality control software.
Experience wit laboratory management software.

About the Job

50%-Carries out routine laboratory procedures specified in protocols such as: Nucleic acid extraction and purification of both RNA and DNA from animal specimens using high-throughput magnetic bead methods and Real-Time TaqMan PCR for the detection of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome Virus, Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus, Rotavirus, Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and many other animal health pathogens.

20%-Analyze test results using ABI 7500 real time Software, compile data, and prepare reports for supervisor, pathologists and clients using the LIMS reporting platform.

10%-Reading, writing, and updating Standard Operating Procedures related to general laboratory guidelines, specific testing, and laboratory safety issues using Q-Pulse software. Microsoft Word and Excel are also used to generate laboratory worksheets and reports.

10%-Operates, maintains, and calibrates apparatus and equipment common to the molecular diagnostic lab.

5% Reviews literature to keep abreast of current tests. Prepares and tests diagnostic controls for a variety of molecular diagnostic tests.

5%-Participates in ordering, preparing and laying out supplies and equipment.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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