University of Wyoming Lab Technician III: Laramie, WY

University of Wyomwing, Department of Veterinary Sciences
Laramie, WY
Job Category
Full time Positions
$55,000-68,000 annually
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Last Date to Apply
The Malmberg Lab at the University of Wyoming (UW)/Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) is seeking candidates for a laboratory research technician to support multiple current and future research projects in collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) to better understand CWD dynamics and inform management of free-ranging cervids. Primary responsibilities will include optimization and application of the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) assay for chronic wasting disease (CWD) research. The technician will lead a project that aims to characterize prion kinetics using biological samples from a controlled longitudinal study, and to estimate the relative role of biological heterogeneities in transmission dynamics and prion deposition in the environment. The technician will also assist with other research projects, which aim to improve ante-mortem CWD detection by RT-QuIC, identify underlying mechanisms of CWD ‘hot spots’ in Wyoming, and investigate the role of predators and scavengers in CWD ecology. In addition to RT-QuIC, the technician will be trained in necropsy techniques, biological sample collection, and disease data management to support cause-specific mortality studies. The Malmberg Lab consists of a small, dynamic team in the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming/Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory currently comprised of one PhD student, two MS students, and several undergraduate research students. In addition to CWD project responsibilities the selected candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in the Malmberg lab, which includes but is not limited to mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students, involvement in other lab research projects, coordination of lab meetings, and contribution to lab-generated publications. Dr. Malmberg is a board-certified anatomic pathologist with expertise in pathogenesis and evolution of infectious diseases of wildlife. The selected candidate will have access to state-of-the-art equipment at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary programs and collaborations at UW. Opportunities to gain teaching experience are available if desired. This is a 3-year position with an annual salary of $55,000-68,000 depending on experience and includes full University of Wyoming benefits. The position may be extended contingent on funding. We recognize the scientific benefits of diverse collaborations with people from varied backgrounds, and we encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Using protocols and technical expertise adapted from experienced collaborators, the successful candidate will apply RT-QuIC to an archival set of biological samples from mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk to elucidate timing and magnitude of prion shedding. Responsibilities include designing and performing controlled assays and experiments, analyzing data, and communicating results to diverse stakeholders including local, state, and federal agencies. Additional essential duties include supporting and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students on other projects, including molecular characterization of Mycoplasma bovis in pronghorn and bison. SUPPLEMENTAL FUNCTIONS: Additional duties include supporting and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students on other projects, including molecular characterization of Mycoplasma bovis in pronghorn and bison. COMPETENCIES: Analysis/Problem Identification Attention to Detail Initiative Developing Organizational Talent Safety Awareness Strong laboratory and analytical skills Ability to work independently and as part of a team Strong written and oral communication skills REMOTE WORK ELIGIBILITY: This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Bachelor’s degree Experience: 2 years work-related experience Required licensure, certification, registration, or other requirement: Valid driver's license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following: MS degree or equivalent in a relevant field Experience working with prions in a research laboratory setting Molecular laboratory and bioinformatic analysis skills Experience with R, ArcGIS, occupancy modeling, and/or other spatial analysis tools Ability to design, interpret and communicate applied studies in disease ecology, wildlife management, or conservation science Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally with diverse stakeholders Demonstrated communication of scientific findings through publications and presentations   Demonstrated ability to manage research projects   REQUIRED MATERIALS: Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V. and contact information for four work-related references.
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