University Classification: Core Facility Research Professional
Job Code: PRW2 (50% FTE)
Pay Level: 4A
Org/Dept/Sub-dept #: 04-0274-20000
Position Reports to: Wu, Meng
Position #00140842

Position Specific Summary:

The University of Iowa High Throughput Screening Facility is an Office of the Vice President for Research Core Research Facility, offering highly flexible screening services, project management, and assay/technology development for investigators across campus as well as off-campus. We are currently in search of a Screening Facility Research Professional who will be responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure of the High Throughput Screening Facility. The incumbent will be accountable for the day to day operations of the Facility, including running HTS assays, lab management and basic training of facility users. They will also work in conjunction with the UI HTSF Director to ensure that the facility runs smoothly, and deliverables are met in a timely manner.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

Key Areas of Responsibility

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

Specialized Services / Application of Research Protocols

· Running and optimization of the HTS assays, both biochemical and cell-based assays.

· Work closely with researchers/investigators in conducting and/or developing highly technical and specialized scientific research procedures, experiments, simulations using the core facility's specialized equipment or services.

· Acquire data by operating the facility's instrumentation, equipment, or perform specialized service for researchers and perform complex procedures and techniques.

· Perform research tasks or data analysis consistent with the facility's protocols.

· Operate facility instrumentation or equipment and interpret and document results.

· Assure fidelity to research protocols.

· May propose modifications to protocols and/or assist in the design of experiment protocols based on specialized knowledge and expertise.

· Perform daily activities to prepare for experimental protocols and facility operation.

Literature Review / Data Analysis

· Critically review literature as directed for the purposes of furthering the research.

· Assist in generating, collecting, and analyzing data.

· Develop new data analysis techniques or methodology. Interpret experimental data.

· Perform data analysis for researchers using specialized data analysis software in a form useful for further statistical analysis or publication.

Educate, Train and Consult

· Training and assistance of other laboratory personnel in the use of laboratory instruments and automation.

· Provide education, training and consultation to core facility users on highly specialized equipment, scientific research or technology.

· Provide advice and guidance in either a self-service or full service core facility.

· May, review methods sections of research papers related to core facility's specialty that will be submitted for publication.

Facilities, Equipment and Information Management

· Maintenance and calibration of a suite of state-of-the-art, automated HTS instruments: plate readers, liquid handlers, robotic systems

· Working with the UIHTS Director to develop and improve standard operation procedures for UIHTS facility.

· Assist with and/or coordinate and manage equipment and facilities with users.

· Service, calibrate, and check equipment for proper function.

· Test new equipment to determine if it meets specifications.

· Assist with performing periodic preventative maintenance on facility instrumentation.

· Troubleshoot equipment failures and arrange for or help with repairs. Provide input on new instrument purchases. Remain current on emerging techniques, software programs, and instrumentation in field of expertise.

· Provide technical support in specialized area of research.

· May assist with maintenance of the facility computer systems and specialized instrument control and analysis software, facility data server, and /or researcher's data server accounts, data backup and archiving, and online reservation system and/or researcher's reservation accounts.

Administrative and Financial Responsibility for Fee for Service Operation

· Assist with the administrative duties necessary for a fee-for-service facility operation.

· Review facility billing data for accuracy and submit to manager/director for approval. Initiate purchases of equipment, supplies, inventory, etc. for the facility.

· Analyze facility use data for reports. Adhere to safety and compliance guidelines.

Human Resources / Supervision

· May participate in hiring staff and managing staff performance to assure staff is compliant with UI policies and procedures.

Universal Competencies

Collaboration/Positive Impact

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including: race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

Technical Competencies




· Analyzes and fully documents client requirements.

· Works with client to identify alternative solutions and associated pro's and con's.

· Prepares proposals and presentations for a consulting opportunity.

· Monitors consulting assignments versus expectations.

· Applies experience to developing and executing multiple consulting assignments.

· Manages all aspects and phases of a consulting relationship.

Laboratory Equipment Operation


· Operates and calibrates equipment in diverse laboratory environments.

· Advises on diagnosing and resolving laboratory equipment malfunctions.

· Oversees laboratory equipment quality recordkeeping.

· Establishes risk-based criteria to evaluate laboratory equipment performance.

· Establishes laboratory emergency response protocols and their rationale.

· Supervises the safe purging of waste from laboratory equipment.

Products and Services


· Operates and calibrates equipment in diverse laboratory environments.

· Advises on diagnosing and resolving laboratory equipment malfunctions.

· Oversees laboratory equipment quality recordkeeping.

· Establishes risk-based criteria to evaluate laboratory equipment performance.

· Establishes laboratory emergency response protocols and their rationale.

· Supervises the safe purging of waste from laboratory equipment.



· Designs and conducts research studies in own area of expertise.

· Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of tools and techniques for interpreting and reporting research results.

· Discusses issues and considerations for using different types of research approaches.

· Participates in research studies for area of specialization or function.

· Discusses considerations for matching methodology to the type of research.

· Discusses approaches to incorporate additional specialized functions into study.

Research Analysis


· Analyzes published research reports and their possible implications.

· Interprets new findings and analyzes their validity.

· Implements research analysis standards within the organization.

· Controls the quality of research analysis.

· Advises on advanced research analysis methods.

· Evaluates research analysis best practices within the industry.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

As part of performing the key areas of responsibility and competencies described above, staff members are expected to meet reasonable standards of work quality and quantity, as well as expectations for attendance established by their supervisor. Staff members are also expected to comply with policies governing employee responsibilities and conduct, including those contained in the University Operations Manual.

Proficiency levels are defined as:

Basic Application - Uses basic understanding of the field to perform job duties; may need some guidance on job duties; applies learning to recommend options to address unusual situations.

Working Experience - Successfully completes diverse tasks of the job; applies and enhances knowledge and skill in both usual and unusual issues; needs minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.

Extensive Experience - Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues.

Expert/Leader - Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.

Position Qualifications

Education or Equivalency Required

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and related experience

Required Qualification

· 1 – 3 years of experience in assay development and running biochemical assays in a screening environment.

· Must be detail-oriented.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

· Possess a good understanding of enzymatic assays, scientific experiment design, and data analysis.

Desirable Qualification

· PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or a related discipline.

· Extensive knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, and mammalian cell biology as well as practical knowledge of bacterial, animal cells and the techniques used to maintain them in culture.

· Hands-on experience with diverse high throughput screening assays and techniques.

· Training in confocal microscopy methodologies.

· Active experience with Procurement ordering system.

See requisition # 20003370 at

Applicable background checks will be conducted.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.