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  • MCB Research Assistant 1,2,3 or Research Assoc. 1

    Research Assistant 1, 2, 3, Or Research Associate 1

    Search #: 496991
    Work type: Full-time
    Location: Storrs Campus
    Categories: Research


    Dr. Kat Milligan-McClellan at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus is hiring a technician to lead projects involving sequencing and analyzing large microbiome data sets, as well as administrative duties. We are open to hiring a starting position for a newly graduated undergraduate or master's student to do basic DNA isolation and submit samples for sequencing, to hiring a highly experienced person who has a Ph.D. and experience analyzing DNA, and any level of experience in between these descriptions. We are a biosafety level 2 microbiology lab with a focus on host-microbe interactions and ecotoxociology. See more information about the Milligan-McClellan lab here:


    Minimum duties include:

    • Prepare and submit gut microbiome samples for 16S sequencing.
    • Order, receive, and organize supplies.
    • Convert and upload current protocols into format and upload data and pipelines into GitHub.
    • Train new members of the lab.
    • Mentor undergraduate students.
    • Prepare for inspections and ensure we are following University and state regulations.
    • Organize waste disposal.

    Advanced duties will include:

    • Analysis of microbiome data from longitudinal studies and ecotoxicology experiments.
    • Project development and execution.
    • Manuscript preparation.
    • Conference presentations.

    Opportunities can include:

    • Become familiar with protocols used in gnotobiotic, fish, and host-microbe research.
    • Gain experience in submitting samples for sequencing.
    • Gain lab administrative experience.
    • For advanced positions (research associate positions): lead projects sequencing and analyzing longitudinal microbiota studies, with the potential to take projects to start an independent laboratory; grant and paper writing experience; and lead experiments to determine how early life events lead to susceptibility to changes in the microbiome and inflammation.


    • Bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field.
    • Experience isolating DNA.
    • Familiarity with PCR, and sequencing technologies.

    Additional Minimum Qualifications to be hired as a Research Assistant 2

    • Two to three years of post-degree experience or a Master’s degree in a biology-related field and up to one year of experience.

    Additional Minimum Qualifications to be hired as a Research Assistant 3

    • Four to five years of post-degree experience or a Master’s degree in a biology-related field and two to four years of experience.

    Additional Minimum Qualifications to be hired as a Research Associate 1

    • Ph.D. and up to one year of post-degree experience.
    • Experience analyzing and writing about microbiome data analysis.


    • Ability to work independently.
    • Experience working on diverse teams.
    • Experience working on microbiome studies.


    This is a full-time, (40-hour per week), in-person, 12-month position (annually renewable).  Renewal will be contingent upon performance and the availability of funding. This position is located on the Storrs campus. The hiring range is $35,000 to $65,000. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


    Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


    Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #496991 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

    This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on December 13, 2022.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations

    Advertised: Nov 22 2022 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Dec 13 2022 Eastern Standard Time

    For more information, contact: Kat Milligan-McClellan at