Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Operations Coordinator (LOC) for the Division of Life Sciences. This position is primarily responsible for the weekly and daily preparation of the teaching laboratories under the direction of the course faculty and Supervisory Laboratory Operations Coordinator so that each teaching laboratory is appropriately ready for class use.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Carries out all the activities to be conducted by students as per their weekly schedule.
Participates in weekly preparatory sessions by interacting with and guiding teaching assistants on lab activities and equipment usage as well as offer troubleshooting tips.
Prepares chemicals, materials and solutions for lab exercises and conducts quality control testing on equipment and materials prior to the weekly preparatory session- thereby creating a safe, functional, well equipped, and well prepared teaching laboratory.
Responsible for sending DNA samples for sequencing and then receiving and distributing DNA sequence information to teaching assistants and students in a timely manner thereby creating a safe, functional, well-equipped, and well-prepared teaching laboratory.
Ensures that all REHS, health and safety regulations are met within the laboratory and preparatory spaces.
Meets with student lab groups and TAs to review their proposed methods and materials prior to initiation of their research projects and subsequently monitors project progress so that needed materials and supplies are available and material and equipment problems are solved in a timely manner.
Assists with inventory, storage, and disbursement of supplies and equipment as directed.
Maintains and makes routine repairs to equipment used in laboratory instruction.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a science curriculum or an equivalent combination of education and/or work experience as a technician/lab coordinator.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Responsible and possess good time management skills.
Maintain organization and a clean working environment, and have excellent communication skills.
Working knowledge of scientific research design and laboratory techniques in biology, ranging from those used in introductory level (General Biology) to more advanced (Genetics and Microbiology) courses, but specifically conducting and analyzing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and electrophoresis and preparing DNA samples for sequencing.
Strong math skills for calculating concentrations and dilutions of samples and reagents.
Basic chemistry skills, including pipetting, needed to independently prepare reagents used in laboratory activities in a timely fashion.
Proficient in understanding and executing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the biology laboratory.
Understand chemical compatibility and proper waste disposal.
Experience with following laboratory safety protocols.
Knowledge of personal protective equipment usage.
Basic computer and effective writing skills required for generating laboratory exercise protocols and disseminating information to faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students (word processing, spread sheet, graphics program, Sakai, Canvas).
Ability to follow instructions from superiors and ask for clarification when needed.
Ability to prioritize tasks, work both independently and in a team, and carry out multiple concurrent tasks, often with many interruptions.
Ability to develop and maintain a professional relationship with faculty, Supervisory LOC, other staff, teaching assistants, and undergraduate students.
Ability to work directly with graduate and undergraduate students to provide laboratory expertise in a supportive instructional environment.
Experience supporting a college-level teaching laboratory.
Experience with website development data analysis, use of pH probe and other sensors.
Experience extracting, purifying, and isolating DNA from bacteria, plant, and animal samples in a research laboratory.
Experience in inventory management and computing skills.
The position requires an individual who can independently use autoclaves, centrifuges, mixing agents, beakers, pipettes, measuring devices, pipettors, thermocyclers, vortexers, and any other equipment normally used in the preparation of mixtures and solutions for laboratory experiments; this equipment will be used on a weekly basis.
The position requires the ability to prepare, conduct, and analyze PCR and electrophoresis results; DNA sequencing is a major component of the lab activities and thus related equipment and materials will be used on a weekly basis.
On a daily basis, this position requires strong mathematics, algebra, and analytical skills so that calculations needed in preparation of reagents and dilutions are made independently and correctly. In addition, this position requires basic computer skills and writing skills (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, Sakai, Canvas) as they will be utilized on a weekly basis to troubleshoot problems that arise and to convey full and complete information to involved parties. Similarly, the candidate must be able to trouble-shoot the computer-related equipment and software needed for data collection on a weekly basis.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to lift up to 55 lbs.
Standing/walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Will need to work evening during the Fall semester to ensure coverage of classes offered.
Will need to work during the summer to cover summer classes.
The LOC must have an amenable work schedule to ensure coverage for day and night classes throughout the semester based on a 37.5 hour work week as set forth by the Supervisor.
Posting Number: 21ST0861
Location: Busch (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 130053
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.