Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Center for Cellular Imaging. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
The Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) is seeking to expand its electron microscopy staff with a research technician. The EM technician will work in close conjunction with the senior EM staff in the center (two team members) under the general supervision of the Center Director. This position assists with the technical aspects of ultrastructural imaging studies and experiments, including documentation and preparation of materials.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists with research studies, experiments and assays, including collection of data, preparation of solutions and set-up and maintenance of equipment. Tasks will include, but are not limited to the following:
Prepares buffers and solutions.
Performs processing of biological specimens using tissue extraction, sectioning, and chemical fixation techniques.
Performs negative staining of biological macromolecules and complexes.
Performs Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) imaging and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) imaging.
Assists with immunocytochemical labeling of tissues and cell cultures using monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies by pre-embedding and post-embedding methods.
Assists with preparation of specimens using a variety of cryogenic techniques for the preservation of cellular ultrastructure and membrane morphology.
Under direction from senior EM staff, reconstructs electron microscopy data sets (serial sections, tomograms etc).
Assists senior EM staff by maintaining a monthly freezer inventory of primary and secondary antibodies, seras, toxins and dyes. Defrosts and keeps general used antibodies stocked. Aliquots new antibodies and assigns freezer rack and box; enters new antibodies into the database.
Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
Maintains records of equipment usage and reports maintenance issues of equipment.
Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Keeps up with technical advances in specimen preparation by reading primary literature and microscopy websites.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Bachelor’s degree and up to one year of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling four years.
Independent thinker willing to tackle challenging problems.
Sound organizational and time management skills to successfully set priorities, meet established deadlines and recognize new problems with constantly changing priorities and frequent interruptions.
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.
Skill at explaining difficult concepts and training users and students.
Ability to diplomatically and professionally interact with all levels of university staff and external contacts.
Knowledge of standard laboratory and safety procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, e-mail, etc.
The hiring range for this position is $14.07 - $18.99 per hour.
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade R06.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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