Other Staff/Administrative, Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Laboratory Technician II
Department of Biology
The Schulz Tryp lab at Harvey Mudd College is seeking a full-time research technologist. We are globally interested in how organisms adapt to different environments. Our study system is the African trypanosome parasite, which cycles between a tsetse fly vector and a mammalian host. In humans and animals, the parasite causes a fatal disease called African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). The disease causes a large human and economic burden for people living in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is endemic. In order to adapt itself from living in the bloodstream to living in the fly, the parasite must change the transcript levels of thousands of genes in the genome. We want to know more about the molecular mechanisms behind these changes. You can read more about our work at https://sites.google.com/a/g.hmc.edu/schulzlab/.
The expected dates of employment are June 1, 2021-August 30, 2022, although it’s possible this period could be extended. Continuation of the position is contingent upon continued and sufficient grant funding. Employment is subject to termination at any time.
This position provides technical lab support to faculty and students in a molecular parasitology research laboratory by performing a variety of routine and moderately complex laboratory and research-related responsibilities. The Laboratory Technician II works independently, reporting directly to the project PI. Molecular biology experiments include, but are not limited to, flow cytometry analysis, PCR, cloning, Cut&Run (similar to ChIP-seq), parasite genetic modification, and preparation of libraries for high-throughput sequencing.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts experiments using current methods in molecular biology; assists PI in developing and evaluating methods, procedures and techniques used in experiments.
Aids in the design of an undergraduate lab class around the PI’s research program.
Prepares chemical reagents and solutions.
Ensures the safe storage of biological and chemical materials.
Sterilizes equipment, plasticware, and chemical reagents.
Monitors inventories of expendable supplies (e.g., chemicals, reagents, plasticware, glassware) and advises PI or staff of reordering needs. May be responsible for ordering materials in consultation with PI and other staff.
Assists PI with supervising and training research students in lab methods and procedures.
Responsible for data entry, retrieval, and analysis on various Mac-type computers.
Documents experimental work in clear and detailed laboratory notebook record.
Assists in the proper collection and disposal of waste materials according to regulations and department policy.
Participates in and contributes to a safe environment by keeping current with safety regulations, checking and maintaining equipment, orienting research students to the proper use of materials and equipment, and overseeing compliance with regulations.
Performs research as needed.
Performs other related duties as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions can be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Ability to work independently and cooperatively.
Proficiency with computer software, preferably python, R, and shell scripting.
Good manual dexterity.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to use modern laboratory equipment in the general area of molecular biology.
Ability to communicate, in English, with faculty members and students who are well versed in various scientific fields, primarily biology and bioinformatics.
Knowledge of and ability in PCR, gel electrophoresis, and other routine molecular biology techniques.
Knowledge of and ability in running and programming command-line pipelines in unix and python preferred.
Knowledge of appropriate/applicable safety standards.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field. A combination of undergraduate coursework and related experience may be considered.
Experience: One to two-year experience with modern molecular biological instrumentation and laboratory techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, Sanger and Illumina sequencing), and familiarity with command-line computational analyses highly desirable.
Licenses: Valid California Driver License and a driving record, as maintained by the DMV, that is acceptable to the College’s insurance carrier.
Grooming and Appearance: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a professional image at all times.
Hours: The regular daily hours for this position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., with a one-hour unpaid meal period. Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department and/or College.
Classification and Status: This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-exempt position. This is a grant-funded, limited-term position with a maximum possible term of four years, and employment is subject to termination at any time.
Reporting: This position reports to the project PI.
Employment Category: Temporary, full-time
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of the employment position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health and safety of themselves and others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.