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Research Assistant

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Posting Details

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Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Research Assistant
Posting Number NFE00093P
Department SDSU-Chemistry & Biochemistry
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The Fink Lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University is seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant to add to our team! We use state-of-the-art microscopy techniques and cellular and animal models to answer pressing biological questions in cancer, lymphatic and nerve biology, and inflammation. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in fluorescence microscopy, and excellent communication and organizational skills. Additional responsibilities may include supervision of undergraduate research projects and laboratory management. This is a full-time, hourly, benefit-eligible position.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, veterans, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Performs intravital and other microscopy techniques including:
o Epifluorescence microscopy
o Confocal microscopy
o Multiphoton microscopy
- Designs, performs, documents, and interprets results of laboratory experiments
- Breeds and genotypes transgenic mice and manages colonies
- Manages laboratory operations including:
o Ordering supplies and reagents
o Maintaining laboratory equipment
o Record-keeping
o Organization
o May oversee undergraduate research projects
- Prepares manuscripts for publication and presents data at local, regional, or national meetings
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:
- Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or related science and one year of research experience
OR
- Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or related science
Other requirements:
- Appropriate level of critical thinking and math skills to perform laboratory experiments
- Effective written communication skills
- Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Additional 1-2 years of research experience
- Experience working with and managing laboratory mice

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 01/26/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/28/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term Other
If Other, describe duration Guaranteed through June 2019 with possible extension contingent on more grant funding
Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours

8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Possible evening/weekend hours occasionally.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings. Brookings, a community of approximately 23,000, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city – Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities. The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting www.LiveInBrookings.com. Bring Your Dreams!

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact BreeAnn Brandhagen at (605) 688-4685 or breeann.brandhagen@sdstate.edu.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents