21002102 Requisition #

The State Hygienic Laboratory (Iowa’s Environmental and Public Health Laboratory), at the University of Iowa, has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Newborn Screening Research Specialist, in the Ankeny, Iowa facility.  The primary function of the position is to lead the newborn screening tandem mass spectrometry laboratory quality improvement and quality assurance initiatives, that will evaluate practices and screening algorithms, and provide recommendations.  The position also functions as a CLIA Technical Supervisor for tandem mass spectrometry result interpretation and is responsible for mentoring staff on advanced data analysis and specialized maintenance techniques.


Work Location:  Ankeny, Iowa

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

About the State Hygienic Laboratory
State Hygienic Laboratory’s main facilities are headquartered on the University of Iowa's Research Park campus northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb.

Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.


Education or Equivalency Required

A Master's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Typically, three to five years of clinical or public health laboratory experience. 
  • Demonstrate previous experience with tandem mass spectrometry method validation and/or development.
  • Demonstrate at least one-year experience providing project oversight and ability to prepare successful grants and manuscripts in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrate at least one-year experience with laboratory research and data analysis in a professional setting.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field.
  • Clinical training in biochemical genetics.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with presentations of data at national meetings, meetings related to newborn screening is preferred.
  • Demonstrated training or teaching experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams.
  •  Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Laboratory Information Systems (LIM), and preparation of fiscal and operational reports is desirable.

Application Details and Instructions:

Upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and verification of academic credentials. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact:  Sarah Tillman (sarah-tillman@uiowa.edu)

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

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.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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