All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida is seeking a full time Sr. Research Specialist II. The Senior Research Specialist II will support daily laboratory operations for the JHACH Imaging Core. S/he will be responsible for providing imaging core services via utilization of a variety of complex imaging techniques, modalities and equipment platforms. This individual will regularly work in collaboration with PI’s utilizing the services of the Imaging Core and will implement imaging methods that support experimental aims and provide accurate and high quality images in a timely manner and in accordance to assigned deadlines. The Senior Research Specialist II capable of troubleshooting, applying specialized scientific knowledge and experience to make decisions, and training/guiding other laboratory personnel.
The Sr. Research Specialist II will monitor the daily functions of the Imaging Core including but not limited to database management for software of Core specific equipment, tracking of equipment quality, and completing equipment inventory. This position will facilitate billing activities, establish SOPs, and coordinate support through vendor specialists. The individual in the role should be able to work within and support a culture of safety. This position requires attention to detail, sound communication/interpersonal skills (oral and written), as well as commitment to customer service both internal and external.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Utilizes specialized knowledge to operate sophisticated imaging instrumentation and interpret results.
Independently performs research assays specific to the imaging laboratory.
Performs routine operational activities, including but not limited to, acquisition of supplies and equipment, inventory review, equipment maintenance to ensure the laboratory remains operational.
Develops, designs, and manages research projects as assigned by the P.I. in full collaboration with the P.I. and other laboratory staff to ensure the P.I.’s research aims are met. Is able to identify and select best options for experimental design, data collection, and interpretation based on literature review, technical training, advanced knowledge/understanding of activity, and collaboration with colleagues.
Acts as a consultant to refine or adapt methodologies to fit research objectives. Advises investigators on experimental design and research methods to ensure research aims are both efficiently and effectively met.
Assists P.I. with making decisions regarding research projects that may require assessment, revision of objectives, or altering scientific direction while taking resources and lab priorities into consideration to ensure research aims are both efficiently and effectively met.
Provides significant input in research design and data collection and interpretation based on advanced knowledge/understanding of imaging activity.
Creates relevant SOPs and trains other staff and investigators accordingly to ensure experiments can be performed in a standardized and replicable manner and are compliant with quality control and safety standards and regulations.
Contributes original thoughts, hypotheses, and analyses to write reports, abstracts and manuscripts as appropriate.
Is responsible for all upkeep of imaging core equipment so that the core is fully functional and able to provide imaging services. This includes oversight of vendor-specific standards and compliance with appropriate building codes and regulations. Applicable service contracts are kept to date, the equipment is serviced routinely and operational issues with equipment are both addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
Manages the workflow of all laboratory processes that directly involve and interface with the imaging core and ensures all team members are both informed and understand what is required for successful analysis of data from the core. Ensures processes occur correctly, efficiently and are completed in a timely manner.
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, analytical chemistry, or closely related field.
Minimum of six years’ experience working in a comparable cell imaging laboratory performing relevant imaging techniques.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have extensive knowledge and experience with cell imaging.
Any Specific Physical Requirements for the job:
Employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for up to 40% of the time.
Employee is required to operate small laboratory tools that require manual dexterity.
Prolonged vision requirements include viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope)
Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas. Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area. Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment. Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols. Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus (specify)).
May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist II Working Title: Sr. Research Specialist II Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $60,945-$83,865 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm/37.5 hours Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-FL:Florida Department name: 60002426-All Childrens Personnel area: School of Medicine
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