This is a laboratory technician position for the Department of Biological Sciences supporting undergraduate laboratories in microbiology and general biology. The responsibilities include numerous duties (see below) to support teaching microbiology and general biology laboratory courses for Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies majors. The position will report to the Biological Sciences Laboratory Manager and the Department Chair.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
I. Laboratories Set-Up
Prepares reagents and materials for microbiology and general biology laboratories (i.e., aliquoting, making reagents, racking and sterilizing micropipette tips, etc.).
Media prep, sterilizing media and supplements.
Microbial strain maintenance.
Sets up and tear down laboratories (i.e., autoclaving waste, cleaning benches/glassware, etc.).
Orders items for microbiology laboratories.
Attends weekly meetings with TAs and/or professors to coordinate teaching lab exercises.
Tests and troubleshoots new protocols for microbiology
Maintains laboratory equipment.
Maintains Mellon Hall laboratory rooms (rooms 224, 226, 248, 250, and 252).
Updates chemical inventory and equipment inventory for rooms listed above.
Disposes toxic chemicals and biological waste in compliance with University policy and procedures.
II. Interact with Facilities Management, Housekeeping, Equipment
Follows up on subsequent repairs for laboratory room problems.
Acts as the contact person for cleaning and maintenance crew.
III. Other Duties
Performs other related job duties as assigned by the laboratory manager and department chair.
The successful candidate will have earned a bachelor's degree in biology or closely related field from an accredited institution along with prior laboratory experience.
Exemplary time management skills and attention to detail are essential.
Experience with a variety of microbiology and molecular techniques, a broad knowledge of biology, or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions is a plus.This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Ability to be responsible and detail oriented;
Ability to work with others in a team environment;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Department Community.
Applicants must also be willing to contribute actively to the University Mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).
We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.
Duquesne University, a private, Catholic institution, prides itself on being mission-centered and mission-driven. Our employees contribute to our culture of academic excellence and our mission of serving God by serving students. In turn, they enjoy a supportive working environment that values individual talents, encourages teamwork and rewards accomplishments.
A nationally ranked top-tier university, Duquesne has established a legacy of excellence in liberal and professional education. Our 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows our students to work closely with expert faculty. Duquesne has also won accolades and recognition among the nation’s top 20 small research schools for our research initiatives and faculty productivity.
Situated on a 50-acre campus within the city, Duquesne provides a small-town feel in an urban setting. The Pittsburgh region offers a variety of cultural, education and professional opportunities, as well as a safe and affordable lifestyle.
We strive to attract, recruit and retain a dynamic, diverse workforce. Our employees benefit from an array of campus resources that provide convenience and cost savings, including a variety of dining options, a full-ser...vice Starbucks, a retail bank and credit union, a fitness center and year-round wellness programs and onsite parking. Employees also may take advantage of the many educational, cultural and sporting events sponsored by the university.