The Senior Lab Operations Associate will perform various tasks to assist the ESE Director of Laboratory Operations to achieve the Lab Operations group's overall goal of providing the service, equipment, and supplies that ESE researchers need to accomplish their research. This will require general instructions by the supervisor, providing guidance to other employees, and helping make decisions on managing the designated laboratory spaces at ESE. In addition, the Senior Research Associate will maintain and coordinate the ESE microbial strain archive, including archiving new materials and material transfer of requested materials to external entities.
The Senior Lab Operations Associate will be located at the Emery Station East (ESE) Operations Center in Emeryville, CA; a satellite facility of LBL and part of the Biosciences Area, which houses the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), Agile BioFoundry (ABF), and many other complimentary research programs.
What You Will Do:
Onboard and train new hires into the lab including giving lab tours, orientation presentations, as well as assigning and tracking desks, lab, and cold spaces.
Collaborate with stakeholders to resolve issues related to research operations in the laboratory, communicating progress as appropriate.
Interact with ESE staff and outside vendors to acquire goods (including new equipment) and services (including equipment service agreements) for the laboratory. Organize onsite activities by the providers, ensuring they comply with applicable safety policies.
Assist with developing and implementing plans to organize and improve laboratory spaces for optimal use by researchers.
Assist with the maintenance of laboratory equipment. Coordinate repair service by LBNL or vendor resources. Help track the status of service agreements for lab instrumentation and assist in decision making on service levels.
Work with the Laboratory Operations (Lab Ops) team to create and maintain standard operating procedures for all routine processes performed by the team. Identify and document opportunities to improve processes either through greater efficiency, or higher stakeholder satisfaction.
Develop projects to improve chemical lab safety by ensuring all chemicals are properly stored in the chemical inventory database, properly disposing old or unstable chemicals while maintaining existing inventory.
Contribute to the preparation and lead semi-annual building-wide cleanup days.
Evaluate Lab Ops services, procedures and practices for efficiency, timeliness, and safety.
Act as custodian of the JBEI/ABF Strain Archive, a collection of approximately 30,000 microbial strains and plasmids unique to these programs.
Process a high volume of microbial strain sample archival from ESE researchers. Follow standard operating procedures to prepare long-term storage stocks for deposition into the JBEI/ABF archives while ensuring that each newly archived strain is correctly documented in the ICE Registry database with updated publication and intellectual property information.
Retrieve, grow, and deliver a high volume of strain samples from the archive as requested for research.
Collaborate with LBL and UC Berkeley legal staff to prepare and distribute relevant Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) for outside institutions.
In collaboration with ESE principal investigators, informatics, and researchers to develop, improve, and implement protocols for microbial strain storage, distribution, and documentation.
Identify areas for improvement and collaborate with the ICE registry software developer to continually improve on software and hardware issues within the Strain Archive process.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or related field, plus 2-5 years related experience in lab operations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of classical microbiology skills such as aseptic technique, bacterial and yeast strain storage protocols, preparation of media with antibiotics, streaking for isolation, and use of life science laboratory equipment.
Ability to work within defined procedures and practices to produce consistent and reproducible results.
Exhibits leadership, time management, organizational, and project management skills.
Ability to work independently. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills. Ability to evaluate multiple inputs and prioritize tasks and achieve outstanding productivity. Critical thinking skills to devise solutions to complex challenges.
Ability to work as part of a team; and to work collaboratively with a large and diverse set of customers and service providers in a professional manner.
Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills.
Attention to detail and careful record keeping.
Proficiency in maintaining laboratory notes, reports, and operating procedures.
Strong computer skills, especially M.S. Office/Google Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and web-based data systems.
Awareness of safety issues in the work environment and basic knowledge of lab and workplace safety requirements.
Master's degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or related field preferred, plus 3-6 years related experience in lab operations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
This is a full time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
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