Researcher 4- Division of Surgical Oncology

Job Description

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

Required Qualifications:
•    Masters degree and 3 years of related experience or BA/BS and at least 4 years of experience working in a biological lab. 
•    Experience in immunology, molecular biology, and cell biology or related field.
•    Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing scientific environment and conduct experiments independently.
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills.
•    Analytical skills to process complex and varied scientific problems and identify solutions.
•    Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow directions/protocols. 
•    Meticulous organizational and time management skills.
•    Experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint or similar programs for data management and presentation creation.
•    Must be able to stand at a laboratory bench or hood for extended periods of time and lift up to 40 lbs.
•    Must be able to work flexible hours as needed by project.
•    Must be able to work on-site in a laboratory setting

Preferred Qualifications:
• Graduate-level coursework.
•    Previous experience working in a BSL2 laboratory setting.
•    Prior experience with blood processing, centrifugation, and tissue dissociation.
•    Prior experience with multi-color advanced flow cytometry.
•    Prior experience with single-cell RNAseq.
•    Prior experience with immune cell culture and basic immunoassays.
•    Prior experience with tissue immunohistochemistry or histocytometry.
•    Prior experience with animal studies and care using mice.
•    Experience using the following equipment is preferred: fluorometer, spectrophotometer, spectrometer, centrifuge, speed-vac, microscopes, biological safety cabinet, autoclave, incubators, manual pipet, electronic pipet, digital balance, centrifuges, lab chillers and water baths, fume hoods, gas cylinders, pH meter, sonicator, flow cytometer, 7300 Real-Time PCR System, etc.

A highly qualified and motivated research technician, with a minimum of three years of experience working in a research lab, is sought to join the Ankeny laboratory in the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.  This laboratory will focus on understanding the tumor immune microenvironment of pancreatic malignancies from the standpoint of dendritic cell subsets, phenotypes, and their roles in activating or inhibiting anti-tumor immune cells.  We will also seek to understand the role that local and systemic immune therapies play in perturbing this system for the achievement of treatment benefit in patients with these cancers.  To answer these fundamental questions, we will rely heavily on analysis of both genetically engineered mouse models and transgenic mice, and also fresh human tissues.  We will utilize tissue processing methods, advanced flow cytometry, RNAseq, single-cell RNAseq, immune cell isolation, culture, and expansion, and multiple immune assays to understand immune dysfunction, at the level of antigen-presenting cells, throughout the development and progression of pancreatic cancer.  The lab will share space with the Provenzano lab (another lab working on pancreatic cancer), but the technician will report to Dr. Ankeny.   This represents an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to work and learn in a tight-knit team and directly contribute to the study of relevant problems in cancer.

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