Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
University of California Irvine
LAB ASSISTANTS AND/OR ASSISTANT SPECIALIST
Updated: Jan 12, 2021 Location: UC Irvine Campus Job Type: Department: PUBLIC HEALTH/ ADMINISTRATION
Job Opening Id: 10644
Reports To: Director
Working Title: Laboratory Assistant and/or Assistant Specialist
Department: Public Health
Bargaining Unit: TX
Payroll Job Code: 009147
Job Location: UCI Med Center-Orange
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: Variable
Employee Class: Temporary/Limited
The Program in Public Health is recruiting researchers in the laboratory assistant or assistant specialist classifications for molecular testing for COVID-19. Responsibilities will include development and validation of molecular diagnostics tests for a campus-wide COVID-19 screening effort. Tests may include but are not limited to high-throughput quantitative PCR and Illumina next generation sequencing. In addition to conducting tests, the candidate will be responsible for performing and monitoring quality assurance activities, maintenance and operation of laboratory instruments, ordering and maintaining supplies, and supporting laboratory BSL2 compliance. Candidates, depending on skills, may also be responsible for analysis of molecular test data, data storage, and communicating records of molecular tests.
Salary and appointment in laboratory assistant or specialist is commensurate with training and experience. The initial appointment will be for six months.
Qualified applicants must have one of the following: 1) a doctoral, master's, or bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution; 2) an associate degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution; or 3) education or training equivalent to at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution at least half of which are in science courses including chemistry, biology and or medical laboratory technology and laboratory training including at least 3 months documented laboratory training in quantitative RT PCR, or 4) have successfully completed an accredited medical technology program. Previous experience in a CLIA or BSL2 testing laboratory is desirable, but not required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel is required. Programming skills, particular Python or R is advantageous.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.
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