This is a 100% limited appointment for one (1) year, with the possibility of conversion to career pending funding availability and department needs.
Job posting will remain open until position is filled.
This is a non-research related position working with a team of laboratory staff to prepare materials for the Instructional Laboratories in the Division of Biological Sciences. The staff research associate will provide primary technical support for physiology, neuroscience, and other lab courses, as needed.
Responsibilities include: assist staff members supporting other undergraduate lab courses as needed; determine class needs based on protocols provided by instructors; evaluate equipment and supply status and availability; prepare media and solutions; animal care, dissection and euthanasia; set up classroom with materials needed for the course; prepare class demonstrations; train teaching assistants and students to use equipment.
Additional responsibilities: order supplies and equipment; maintain accurate records of all expenditures, procedures, and inventories; handle and store biohazardous materials, controlled substances, and animal subjects; enforce safety standards as required by Environmental Health and Safety; clean and sterilize glassware and labs; clean and maintain equipment; make deliveries and pick-ups with University vehicle; and assist with inventory, ordering, equipment repairs, and protocol record system.
Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of physiology, neuroscience, general biology, molecular biology, and cell biology acquired through a BS degree or higher in Biology or related field; OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.
Thorough knowledge of membrane physiology, nerve and muscle function, hormone actions, cardiovascular physiology, and renal function.
Knowledge/familiarity with equipment used in physiology and neuroscience instructional labs.
Demonstrated ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage calculations by hand or calculator. Must be able to calculate molarities, normalities and percentages.
Proven ability to perform standard molecular biology and biochemical techniques, such as gel electrophoresis, PCR and related equipment, and the ability to explain and demonstrate the techniques and equipment in an instructional setting. Experience to accurately prepare complex solutions, plates, media, etc., using aseptic techniques.
Proven ability to use a variety of microscopes, electrophoresis apparatuses, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, DNA cycler, various types of incubators, tissue culture equipment, colony counter, low gyratory water bath, autoclave, and dishwasher, with the ability to troubleshoot problems and perform minor repairs. Ability to learn operation of new equipment if necessary.
Knowledge of laboratory safety rules and regulations, Safety Data Sheets and safety precautions, including safe handling, proper storage and disposal of biohazardous, radioactive materials, chemicals, radioisotopes, and biologicals; and use of lab safety equipment.
Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of proper protective equipment (PPE).
Outstanding administrative and organizational skills with ability to support diverse and unrelated courses simultaneously. Ability to multitask, meet multiple deadlines, and deal with interruptions and changing priorities.
Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Ability to work as part of a team and interact effectively with others in the scientific community.
Proficient computer skills to enter, modify, retrieve and print computerized inventory records using software such as Excel, and the willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.
Demonstrated experience preparing lab for class demonstrations.
Ability to provide work direction to casual workers and other support staff as well as the ability to delegate tasks to lab assistants/student helpers. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, etc.).
Skill to read and understand equipment manuals to troubleshoot malfunctions in lab instruments. Skills and knowledge to perform simple repairs, such as replacing fuses, bulbs, adjusting moving parts, soldering connectors, etc.
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