Genomics Scientist

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Grand Forks, ND, United States

The purpose of this position is to manage ongoing Genomics and bioinformatics research and provide genomics services to internal and external clients in the genomics Core. This position is necessary to provide comprehensive assistance with the design and implementation of experiments, technical assistance with advanced equipment and methods, computational and statistical analysis, and results reporting for SMHS faculty, staff, and students, as well as outside collaborating entities. The person holding this position will collaborate with investigators and others to bring issues to appropriate resolution; will present at seminars/teaching forums; will contribute as appropriate for grant-reporting and accounting functions, and will work on an on-going basis to identify challenges and future directions as the Genomics Core continues to grow. This a non-tenure track position and duties are confined within responsibilities in the Core.

  • Manage Genomics Core Laboratory Functions
  • Manage, design, execute, and analyze data of genomics and transcriptomics projects on behalf of the Core in consultation with investigators.
  • Perform and analyst single-cell sequencing (scRNA-seq, scATAC-seq, etc.).
  • Keep track of multiple sets of samples or data from multiple customers, organizing work-flow for the Core to optimize turn-around time and quality.
  • Troubleshoot assays or data analyses as required when results prove unsatisfactory.
  • Conduct quality control procedures for Core operations as directed by the Core Director.
  • Execute Next-generation sequencing procedures including quality control of samples provided by investigators pre- and post-sequencing.
  • Analyze and interpret data from genomics techniques, both independently and as part of the team of researchers.
  • Generate reports on the Core’s programmatic and budgetary performance in compliance with requirements set by external funding agencies such as NIH and NSF.
  • Interpret customer requests and determine best practices in order to provide comprehensive experimentation techniques and computational and statistical data analysis.
  • Interact with both internal and external customers (including UND faculty and trainees as well as investigators from other institutions including the DaCCoTA CTR consortium) to explain the capabilities of the Core and help investigators determine how the Core capabilities can assist in their investigations.
  • Provide realistic estimates of turn-around time to internal and external customers.
  • Engage in service recovery activities, consulting with the Core Director as needed.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development linked to new computational capabilities and technological expansion of Core services.

  • Participate in Training and Education With/For Other Core Laboratories
  • Participate in training and education sessions regarding teaching experimentation techniques, data analysis, and equipment maintenance/usage with/for other SMHS core laboratories to provide comprehensive services to local and outside entities.
  • Become cross trained to perform assays and other technical duties in other SMHS cores to assist with peak workloads and absences.
  • Facilitate and present training seminars for all services of the core facility.
  • Attend training seminars for all of other SMHS core facilities.
  • Provide work direction for other SMHS core facility staff/faculty/students and accept work direction from other SMHS core facility personnel as may be required.

  • Manage Project Information
  • Manage all core project information including project information, raw data, analyzed data, and steps taken for data analysis.
  • Track core usage data, generate and disseminate reports, as appropriate.
  • Track turn-around time, generate and disseminate reports, as appropriate.
  • Summarize and compile research data to assist with preparation of manuscripts and grants for submission.

  • Manage and Supervise Core Personnel
  • Help hire, train, evaluate, supervise, and perform disciplinary tasks as necessary for Core personnel.
  • Evaluate current training and operating procedures and processes for employees, draft new policies and procedures, as necessary.
  • Provide appropriate feedback and performance improvement measures and guidance.
  • Maintain organization chart for the Core group supervised, recommend changes as necessary.
  • Attend supervisory training session as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  • Provide work direction as necessary to other core laboratory personnel, including guidance on optimal workflow and customer service.

  • Competencies expected of the position:
  • Ability to work in a BSL2 laboratory with appropriate safety training and apparel.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Willingness to learn new skills in Genomics, Statistics, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
  • Willingness to learn new skills in core lab operations.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a busy lab environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.


  • Minimum Requirements:
  • B.S. in Biology , Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, agriculture or other related field.
  • 2 or more years of experience in either a dry or wet lab.
  • Evidence of independent research in form of co-authored peer-reviewed publications or experience in working in a core facility environment.
  • Experience with MS Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Experience with Linux, R, python, or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of Criminal History Background Check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Biology, Life sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, agriculture or other related field.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in both a wet and dry lab outside of a classroom/teaching environment.
  • Experience in genomics and high-throughput sequencing related techniques and/or analysis.

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