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  • Lab and Collections Manager

    Bird Genoscape Project
    • Employer: Colorado State University
      Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Ruegg Lab at Colorado State University is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic, and motivated scientist to fill a Conservation Genomics Lab and Collections Manager position. The successful candidate will work closely with our multi-disciplinary team of technical staff, graduate students, senior researchers, post-docs and faculty within the Biology Department at Colorado State as well as part of the multi-institutional Bird Genoscape Project. For more information on our research please see the Bird Genoscape Project website (https://birdgenoscape.org) as well as the Ruegg lab website (https://sites.google.com/rams.colostate.edu/ruegglab/home).


    Duties will include, but are not limited to:

    • Preparing whole genome sequencing libraries.
    • Genotyping SNPs using Fluidigm equipment and assays.
    • DNA extractions from feathers, blood, and tissue, as well as museum samples.
    • Managing undergraduate volunteer and work study students.
    • Training undergraduate and graduate students in laboratory techniques.
    • Ordering supplies and equipment maintenance.
    • Renewing permits and submitting annual reports to appropriate agencies.
    • Maintaining collaborator relations, shipping sampling supplies, and receiving samples.
    • Maintaining compliance with environmental and safety procedures.
    • Organizing meetings and lab events.
    • Managing written protocols, Standard Operating Procedures, etc. for lab and field work.


    Minimum Qualifications Include:

    • Bachelors or Master’s degree in biology, genetics or a related field is preferred.
    • Extremely strong organization skills and the ability to work as part of a team as well as accomplish tasks independently.
    • Excellent communications skills and a willingness to follow instructions and direct others when needed.
    • Extreme attention to detail.
    • Excellent and thorough laboratory notebook maintenance abilities.
    • Experience with basic and intermediate laboratory methods, including pipetting, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA extraction.
    • Strong desire to learn new genomic sequencing methodologies.

    Also desired:

    • Experience with whole genome and transcriptome library preparation.
    • Experience with database management.


    Start date and duration: Preferred start date is April 1, 2023, but is open to negotiation. The appointment will be for a period of 12 months, with a strong preference for applicants who commit to 2 years with the possibility of extension dependent upon performance and the availability of research funds.


    Applications: Interested applications should contact Jacob Job (jrjob@colostate.edu). Please include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references in a single document. In the cover letter please highlight your previous laboratory experience and interest in conservation genomics. This will be a full- time position working in person at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. We will begin reviewing applications after Tuesday, February 14, but will accept applications until Wednesday, March 1.


    Proposed annual salary: $45,000 – $60,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


    Employee benefits: Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.

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