This individual will work with faculty and staff in the Division of Infectious Diseases, supporting a variety of research projects at the Center for Innovative Diagnostics in Infectious Diseases, including STD and COVID-related studies. He/she will be responsible for independently performing routine tests in the laboratory and contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Following established procedures or protocols and utilizing aseptic techniques, perform experiments associated with microbiology, serology and/or virology. Participates in planning experiments and evaluating/interpreting test results utilizing detailed knowledge of research laboratory procedures and practices. Responsible for operating and maintaining large automated diagnostic or robotic platforms.
Maintain accurate data records. Maintain and make necessary adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. Prepare solutions and reagents, following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
Analyze data, formulate conclusions, and create appropriate presentations, including graphs and charts, for the purpose of reporting research/laboratory results.
Monitor inventory levels and order materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures; count orders upon receipt.
Additional responsibilities related to the daily laboratory operations will be assigned as needed.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field required.
At least one year of experience in a clinical or research laboratory required.
Three to five years of experience in a clinical or research laboratory preferred. Prior work with research studies involving human subjects preferred, but not required.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent organizational and time management skills required. Independent and self-motivated, needing little to no supervision. Highly organized and detail oriented. Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities required. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Demonstrated strong, positive interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
Lab Skills- Experience in using micropipettes and molecular methodologies, including PCR; working with various chemicals; making dilutions; working with enzyme reactions.
Computer Skills- Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; Basic experience using Microsoft Office.
Classified Title: Research Specialist Working Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $33,545 - $46,095; Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, 40 hours/week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 60000453-SOM DOM ID STD Lab Personnel area: School of Medicine
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