Research Assistant II - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 15038
The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design (ANRD) at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Research Technician ( Research Assistant II). The Research Technician will manage lab functions under the purview of general lab safety, chemical hygiene, and biosafety regulations and procedures in Animal and Nutritional Sciences labs; this individual will provide oversight of HPLC and GC equipment, freeze dryer, lab centrifuges, proximate compositional analyses, and food texture assessment; and he/she will provide technical support to the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences at West Virginia University.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Assist laboratory experiments in Animal and Nutritional Sciences programs through data collection, management, and analysis; supervise students in laboratories and instruct new students on the operation of lab equipment; and assist in organizing/collating data for statistical analyses and interpretation.
Perform responsibilities of the Chemical Hygiene and Safety Officer (CHO) for the Animal and Nutritional Sciences Laboratories, implement Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) policies, act as lab safety liaison with the College's CHO; and maintain shared equipment among all labs.
Maintain and operate chromatography equipment and other shared equipment in the Food Analyses and Rumen Fermentation Profiling Labs, manage and maintain the clean room and tissue culture space, laminar flow hoods, and autoclaves and oversee equipment maintenance.
Pay Grade: 17
Master's degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with the following is preferred:
Ability to prepare chemical solutions, understand chemical terminology, understand risks and hazards associated with hazardous chemicals.
Aware of proper storage and disposal of chemicals.
Computer and data management.
Ability to speak to students in a classroom environment about chemicals and lab practices.
Set up and organize lab space for teaching labs.
Experience operating, calibrating, and validating a wide variety of instruments for data collection.
Effective communication, organizational, task management, and computational skills.
Familiarity with molecular biology procedures and techniques.
Excellent written and oral skills.
Needs to be familiar with and able to follow WVU, College and Division lab policies and procedures.
Research collection, handling, and preparation.
Ability to maintain data in Excel files for research, lab safety, chemical storage and disposal, etc.
Computer and data management.
Interact with students in teaching/lab environment.
Set up and organize labs.
Interact with general public and others.
Ability to travel, with occasional overnight stays.
Ability to obtain State P-Card.
Valid driver's license required to travel to farms and/or other sites.
Must be able to obtain EHS lab safety and chemical training prior to obtaining access to labs.
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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Aug 4, 2020
Posting Classification: Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 206705
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