Assistant Researcher

The Anthropological Genetics research group at the University of Kansas is a dynamic research team that focuses on the analysis of genetic material from ancient and contemporary humans, non-humans, and sediments in order to address questions concerning human population history throughout ancient Beringia and the Americas. These projects include studies of population movements and admixture, human behaviors, and environmental reconstructions. We are seeking applications for a Laboratory Technician to join our group and participate in data generation, and to help with laboratory trainings, record keeping, and maintenance. This staff position is a full-time, limited term appointment currently funded for three years. The Laboratory Technician will report to the Laboratory Coordinator of the KU Anthropological Genetics Research Facilities (, and will work closely with individual PIs as appropriate for specific research projects.

The Laboratory Technician’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, running predesigned research experiments and designing new research experiments involving ancient human, non-human, and sedimentary genetic material, processing DNA extracts into next-generation sequencing libraries, targeted enrichment of next-generation sequencing libraries, and re-designing protocols as needed based on new developments in the field. Commensurate to interest and ability, the Laboratory Technician will analyze data and contribute to manuscript preparation following best practices, with publication attribution proportionate to the level of contribution. When needed, the Laboratory Technician will train incoming undergraduate and graduate students on laboratory methods and cleanroom standard operating procedures in paleogenomics. As appropriate, they will participate in typical genetic laboratory equipment and reagent maintenance, as well as be responsible for detailed databases for all involved research projects, in collaboration with the Laboratory Coordinator.

We seek candidates with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a biological science related field and at least two years of laboratory experience in genetics, genomics, or molecular biology. Preferred candidates will have a master’s degree in a biological science related field, prior experience in an ancient DNA (paleogenomic) research facility, experience or formal training in population genetic bioinformatic methods, and prior experience with protocol development.

Application Review begins Friday, November 10th. Please apply by Friday, December 1st.

Earliest start date: January 15th, 2024. Salary: $50,000 plus fringe.