Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Under general supervision, provides lab support, tasks and experiments in support of academic research projects. Responsibilities may include: routine molecular biology, biochemical, and cell biology techniques. Maintains and prepares accurate records of all solutions made and testing performed. Performs lab maintenance such as sterilization of materials and preparation of solutions.
(100%) Molecular/Cell Biology Techniques and Lab Support
Preparation of media and solutions – 50%
Maintain detailed daily records in well-kept lab notebook – 20%
Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of core instrumentation -15%
Maintaining sterile cultures – 10%
Autoclaving – 2.5%
Assist with general lab equipment cleaning and maintenance- 2.5%
Undergraduate coursework in biological sciences or related field
Undergraduate coursework in biological sciences or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
1st or 2nd year college student preferred
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
Able to perform routine, repetitive functions.
Proven organizational and time management skills to successfully set priorities, meet established deadlines and recognize new problems with constantly changing priorities and frequent interruptions.
Highly organized, effective at multitasking and adept at juggling changing priorities.
Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment. Ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials. Proven ability to write, edit and proofread research results.
Excellent oral and written communication skills utilizing sound judgment, tact and a recognition of situations requiring confidentiality.
Ability to diplomatically and professionally interact with all levels of Institute staff and external contacts.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
This position requires constant handling, seeing, sitting, talking, and walking.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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