Bond Life Sciences Center - Research Innovation and Impact
A Research Specialist I is available at the Influenza Systems
Biology Laboratory, University of Missouri (MU)
(http://sysbio.missouri.edu). The Wan Lab research focuses on
emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, especially influenza
and SARS-CoV-2 viruses, by developing and applying integrated based
approaches that combine laboratory, clinical and computational
methods. This position is created to implement and facilitate
productivities for research projects to study molecular mechanisms
of virus transmission, pathogenesis, and immunological responses
for influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses.
•Perform molecular viology related experiments such as virus
rescue, glycan microarray analyses, and Biolayer Interferometry
•Set up and perform methods or assays to accomplish scientific
objectives, and the routine example assays such as but not limited
to serological assays (e.g. hemagglutination inhibition, ELISA, and
neutralization), ELISpot, virus propagation and purification, cell
culture, RNA extraction, PCR/qRT-PCR, and western blotting;
•Assist animal experiments using various animal models such as
mice, hamster, ferret, swine, and avian models;
•Design, develop and test new equipment, instruments, reagents,
and/or experimental protocols for research (including hardware,
software, statistical methods, etc.);
•Organize, interpret data, and summarize results;
•Identify and implement creative solutions to overcome
•Collaborate with internal and external investigators on multiple
research projects ensuring scientific significance and
•Train student and research staff to achieve research goals;
•Check laboratory notebook routinely and identify problems in data
•Serve as a resource to provide scientific information needed for
•Contribute to teaching activities by preparing and presenting
•Assist with grant/contract preparation.
Note: Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned that
are project and/or discipline specific
The BSL-2, ABSL-2, BSL-3, or ABSL-3 laboratory environment.
Successful candidates will be persuasive communicators with
exceptional organizational and time management skills. They must
demonstrate the following durable skills : leadership, character,
collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking,
metacognition, mindfulness, growth mindset, and fortitude.
Additionally, customer service, confidentiality, integrity, and a
commitment to the university values.
Must be available for reliable and consistent onsite work.
$15.75 - $26.11/hour
Grade: GGS 7
University Title: Research Specialist I
Internal applicants can determine their university title by
accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.
Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. But occasionally the job may
require working in the evening or the weekend.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
relevant experience and at least 1 year of experience from which
comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
This candidate shall have at least a bachelor’s degree in
Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Virology, Infectious Diseases,
Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, or related field.
Prior research experience in infectious diseases are the
The Incumbent must have: 1) the ability to lift 25 pounds
regularly; and 2) the ability to work while wearing lab PPE,
including N95 masks
Prior experience in cell culture with strong molecular biology
background is preferred.
CV/Resume, Evidence of Prior Lab Procedures Successfully Completed,
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University
offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental
and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee
discounts. For additional information on University benefits,
please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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