Genomic Resources Collection Manager

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  • Job Number:524067
  • Classification:Library Professional 3
  • Grade:Grade 81
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UA Museum of the North
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Arts/Museum, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Enthusiastic about biodiversity, genetics, and research? Interested in working in a research museum? The University of Alaska Museum of the North seeks an inquisitive and detail-oriented individual to manage and help develop our growing genomic resources facility.


1-20Sample preparation, stabilization, and preservation. Train, mentor, and supervise students and lab technicians performing these tasks. Write and update policies and standard operating procedures for the proper use and maintenance of the Genomic Resources facilities. Stay up to date with the scientific and technical literature as it relates to cryopreservation, techniques for tissue preservation, tissue sampling procedures, and other molecular biological methods. Requires skills that are specialized by collection discipline (e.g., some practices are specific to birds versus insects versus plants), requiring broad taxonomic training.Essential
2-15Lab Management and Maintenance. Perform routine maintenance on ultra-cold freezers, liquid nitrogen system, and lab equipment. Coordinate with Facilities Services for maintenance and repairs as needed. Carry out the proper procedure in case of alarm and come in (after hours if necessary), supervise repair, and move specimens into backup freezers if a freezer fails. Skills required include basic lab maintenance, routine lab equipment maintenance, and liquid nitrogen production.Essential
3-15Supervision and coordination of laboratory usage. Oversee access to the laboratories and train approved researchers in its proper use to maintain the sterility and integrity of that space. Collaborate on research related to the use of frozen tissues, tissue preservation, and molecular techniques using fresh or degraded tissue samples. Manage and maximize space utilization in ultra-cold freezers and LN2 cryovats. Requires knowledge of the value and sensitivities of various types of materials, current professional standards, policies, and procedures as well as an ability to transmit this information either in person or through other venues. Diplomacy is also required.Essential
4-15Data Management. Enter and update existing records in collections database as necessary. Manage physical location of samples using object-tracking tools available on Arctos. Train and supervises students and lab technicians performing these tasks. Requires knowledge of database (specifically, Arctos) management and data vocabulary control.Essential
5-15Loan Administration. Tissue samples are loaned to researchers at other institutions worldwide. The process must be completely accountable, legally and institutionally. Coordinate with curators and collection managers to properly manage loan requests, specimen handling, and lab procedures. Locate and subsample tissues for approved loans using proper sterile techniques. Train and supervise students and lab technicians performing these tasks. Requires the ability to manage database files, knowledge of museum loan policies and procedures as well as federal and international regulations.Essential
6-10Public contact. Host tours, participate in Museum outreach and educational programs, and maintain the Genomic Resources web page. Requires knowledge of the educational components of individual collections and how they relate to the school curriculum or tour group knowledge base. Skills needed include public speaking, supervision, and patience.Essential
7-5Permit application and administration. Tissue samples are collected, retained, used, and loaned under regulations that include federal law, state law, and international treaties. Skills required include the knowledge of relevant laws and treaties and how to operate under them.Essential
8-5Grant proposal preparation and contract solicitation and administration in a competitive funding environment. This requires the ability to write succinctly and persuasively, knowledge of funding agencies and requirements, creative thinking, compiling and reporting various data, and budget preparation and administration.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Experience with modern molecular genetics techniques.
  • Proficiency with molecular biology lab skills necessary to be successful in this position.
  • Knowledge of museum protocols, prior experience with similar collections, and (preferably) advanced training in the academic discipline(s) supported by the collection.
  • Expert knowledge of specialized collection.
  • Knowledge of proposal-writing processes.
Typical Experience:
1 year experience working in a molecular genetics lab required, more experience is strongly preferred. Museum collections management or comparable research collection experience is strongly preferred.
Required Education or Training:

A bachelor's degree in biology or related field or equivalent experience is required. Master's degree is strongly preferred. 

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 81, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on March 27, 2023. This recruitment is open until filled. 

UAF COVID Requirements:

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Emilie Nelson: or (907) 474 6443.

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