JPF04103 Junior Specialist - Jin Lab Position Summary: The full-time junior specialist will be mainly involved in execution, coordination, management and maintenance of biorepositories, performing tissue/biomarker-related technologies, providing tissues/data to researchers, maintaining database, as well as miscellaneous supporting work for various laboratory operations, under moderate supervision. The tissue specimens include and are not limited to postmortem human brain tissue, blood samples, cerebrospinal fluid samples, urine samples, and DNA/RNA samples. Specifically, the duties include: 1) to interact with investigators at multiple sites nationwide to ensure compliance to SOPs, 2) to provide standard sample collection kits, 3) to catalog and store tissue specimens, to dispose unneeded specimens, and to maintain an updated specimen database, 4) to coordinate between various personnel in order to optimize biosample collection and biomarker quantification, 5) to communicate with various investigators regarding the status of tissue specimens and database, 6) to retrieve tissue for requesting scientists, 7) to perform tissue-related technologies, 8) to learn and perform some basic research techniques, and 9) to provide miscellaneous support to research activities in the UC Davis Alzheimer's Research Center.
General responsibilities: RESEARCH (50%):
Help design protocol, coordinate, and manage research programs.
Manage datasets, records, and research documentation.
Mentor student employees in the laboratory as required.
Conduct, oversee, and provide feedback on the following laboratory techniques: 1) research blood sample processing; 2) nucleic acid extraction; 3) database input and management; 4) quality control; and 5) tissue-related technologies.
Correctly use and maintain laboratory equipment such as micro-plate reader, balances, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, cryostat, and laminar flow hoods
Update, modify, and revise plans for standard laboratory procedures to fulfill the needs of each research project.
Other related jobs assigned by supervisor to support laboratory experiments. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE (40%):
The incumbent will serve as a key member of a team in projects to investigate biomarkers used in diagnosis, epidemiological surveys, and clinical trials.
The incumbent will have opportunities to develop interpersonal and communication skills in bioscience research.
The incumbent will be given opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the departmental meeting and other on-campus events.
The incumbent will be given the opportunities to organize basic and translational research activities such as involvement in the preparation of scientific abstract, manuscript, and grant proposal. In this capacity, the incumbent is encouraged to read appropriate literature and discuss during laboratory meetings.
The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with appropriate societies and participate in appropriate meetings and groups on-campus. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (10%):
Mentorship of volunteer and undergraduate students
Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field
Previous demonstrated experience in coordinating complex, multi-level, multi-personal research activities
Proficient computer skills including spreadsheet and database software
Ability to work with human tissue
Ability to meticulously follow standard operation procedures
Flexible to changing demands of research tasks
Professional approach to work and attention to detail
Ability to review literature and follow the exact protocols of others'
Enthusiastic in learning new lab skills
Salary: Step I - $44,500 Annually, 100% FTE
Number of Positions Available: 2
Term of Appointment: One year with possibility to extend to two years. Non-Exempt appointment based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.
This posting will remain open until filled through 06/30/2021.
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