Research Scientist 2

Minnesota Department of Health
April 30, 2021
St. Paul, MN
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Job Details

Job Class: Research Scientist 2

Working Title: Research Scientist 2
Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for all qualified job seekers.
Date Posted: 04/30/2021
Closing Date: 05/06/2021
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / Sequencing and Bioinformatics Staff
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00am -4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Up to 25%
Salary Range: $27.56 - $40.61/hourly
Classified Status: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Association of Professional Employees - MAPE
End Date: 05/31/2023
FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary
Job Summary
The purpose of this position is to perform highly specialized molecular biological diagnostic assays in the areas of bacteriology and virology including polymerase chain reaction, whole genome sequencing (WGS), and other molecular biological techniques.
This position will lead the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) WGS Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) validation design, assay development, scientific manuscript writing, and presentation on findings to internal and external stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, Biology, Molecular Biology or related science.
Three years of professional experience performing laboratory testing in the field of Biology, Molecular Biology or Microbiology.
A Master's Degree in the fields above may count towards 18 months of professional experience.
Experience must include the following to be considered a candidate:

  • Knowledge with next generation sequencing and bioinformatics.
  • Analyzing and creating reports based on findings and results to provide necessary training for other team members.

Successful candidate must possess a valid Class D Driver's License.
Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D.'s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology or a related field.
  • Experience with next generation sequencing library preparation, troubleshooting, and bioinformatic data analysis.
  • Experience with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • Assay development and CLIA validation.
  • Scientific writing experience with a track of peer-reviewed publications.
  • The ability to conduct advanced specialized tests independently.
  • Understanding biological hazards in a laboratory and practicing safety procedures.
  • Experience working with others from the State, Federal, and Private research funding organizations.

Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of a background check.

Application Details
Why Work For Us
Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.
How to Apply
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If you have questions about the position, contact Lenny Thao at or 651/201-4130.
If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at
The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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