Research Technician

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota
Austin, Minnesota
Closing date
Dec 22, 2021

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Research-Applied, Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time
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We are currently seeking a research technician with experience in mass spectrometry to work in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary environment. Our well-funded research group has numerous ongoing projects in infectious disease, cancer biology, drug discovery, and metabolism, all with the ultimate goal of developing new treatments for human disease. Our team, which includes chemists, biophysicists, biochemists, and biologists, works together using a best-tool-for-the-job approach. We regularly employ a wide range of tools and techniques, including those from structural biology, microscopy, chemical synthesis, mechanistic enzymology, and mass spectrometry.

We are recruiting an independent, self-motivated individual to continue and expand the targeted metabolomics work in our lab. The successful candidate will design, perform and analyze data from targeted metabolomics experiments, with a particular focus on nucleotide metabolism and other related pathways. In addition, they will be responsible for conducting supporting and complementary experiments that may include cell culture, design and implementation of novel assays, protein purification, and other related analytical or biophysical analyses. Because of the breadth of expertise and experience in the lab, there will be opportunities for the new team member to expand their skillset and receive training in structural biology (Cryo-EM and X-ray crystallography), drug design/development, cell biology, and advanced microscopy, and to build upon their expertise in metabolomics and other applications of mass spectrometry.

Additional information about the lab can be found on the French Lab website (, and further information about the Hormel Institute can be found at the HI site ( Interested applicants can reach out to the PI (Jarrod French:

Job Duties and Responsibilities

70% - Within the predetermined research scope and methodology, design and conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and disseminate results in accordance with the research goals of the lab

15 % - Lab maintenance and organization, including equipment maintenance and general lab cleanup

10 % - Other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, assisting the PI with research-related or administrative tasks and attending and presenting at scientific conferences

5 % - Assist with training other lab members in specialized techniques and with the development and implementation of experiments

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree and two years of related experiences or BS/BA degree and four years of related experiences
  • Demonstrated record of productivity, and possess excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of the ability to work independently and in small groups, and have a strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field and have experience with research using mass spectrometry or LC-MS, preferably for targeted metabolomics. Exceptional candidates lacking mass spectrometry experience will also be considered.

About the Department

The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Established in 1942, The Hormel Institute will soon be celebrating 80 years of innovative research and today’s vision is “We inspire discoveries that improve and extend human life.” The Hormel Institute’s biomedical research is primarily focused on cancer research and the center is cutting edge, after tripling in size in 2008 and again doubling in size in 2016. The Hormel Institute is continuing to grow and expand to broaden our impact through innovative, world-class research. Our scientists have complete access to the most cutting-edge technologies including a cryo-electron microscope (Titan Krios and Tecnai G2 Spirit Biotwin), FACS cell sorter, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, protein crystallography robotics, and defraction system, nano-HPLC-AB SCIEX triple TOF 5600 mass spectrometry, Leica tissue processor, embedder and microtome, real-time PCR instrumentation, 5 racks of Linux GPU supercomputers for computational biology and bioinformatics, spectrophotometers, and Western blot imagers. The Hormel Institute is located in Austin, MN, conveniently located 35 miles from Rochester, MN, and 100 miles (1.5 hours) south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Hormel Institute offers a collaborative, innovative, supportive work environment where you will contribute to our vision of “inspiring discoveries that improve and extend human life.”

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