A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Specific Classroom laboratories require the planning, scheduling, preparation, and distribution, of materials and equipment, independently or with the aid of student employees. Keep laboratory space and preparation areas clean, usable and EHS (formerly OSEH) compliant. Use precision instruments, autoclaves and dishwashers, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, incubators, and more, to accomplish responsibilities.
Work with faculty course instructors each semester to determine course needs, while keeping within budgetary limits. Use prepared lab experiment schedules and the University purchasing system to order, track and store course materials, keeping within time and storage constraints. On occasion the weekly schedule will need to be modified to accommodate early and late hours, or a few weekend hours.
Oversee the daily lab operations for a course or two. Working with GSIs and faculty to achieve successful experimental goals. Solve and correct problems encountered during lab operation. Assist GSIs in understanding and managing technical aspects of lab activities, accidents, fire alarms or other EHS incidents. This includes assisting with lab schedules to accommodate unscheduled (make-up) lab activities.
Regularly revise and update course protocol operating manuals with information needed for staff to complete course preparations. This includes detailed protocols, lists of lab materials, the storage locations, setup, take down and any technical information.
May manage one or more part-time student employees. This includes scheduling, EHS training, work accuracy oversight, lab skill training, and mentoring. This should include skill development with students in lab safety, lab protocols, and work ethics as tools to achieve the successful operation of course laboratory goals.
Implement EHS regulations, including the use of PPE equipment and hazardous waste collection.
An essential portion of this position includes working with faculty, GSI's, staff and students to organize, as part of a team, the development, communication and implementation of designated protocols for specific laboratory courses in the Program in Biology, EEB, MCDB, or the Program in Neuroscience.
Bachelor’s degree in an area of Biology or other related biological science. Experience with materials preparation, basic biology methods, chemistry techniques, plus computer skills are required; excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills; ability to work well under pressure, solve problems and meet deadlines is essential. Must possess strong organizational skills and a willingness and ability to learn new laboratory techniques. Must be a team player with a willingness to work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Patience with people and ability to adapt to quickly changing circumstances including schedule changes.
Master’s degree in an area of Biology or other biological science. Experience working with the operation of laboratory equipment including computer software; high level of interpersonal, email and verbal communication skills; ability to work well under pressure, flexibility with a work schedule, including brief work on a Saturday/Sunday. Ability to solve problems and independence meeting deadlines is essential. Experience working with and providing guidance to staff. Hands on experience with basic lab techniques as well as knowledge of protein, RNA, DNA analysis, microbiology, vertebrate anatomy, genetics, botany, animal physiology, plant taxonomy or EHS is desirable.
Please note that this is a 9 month seasonal appointment.
Higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidate.
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