Biology Instructional Lab Assistant - 116808
#116808 Biology Instructional Lab AssistantExtended Deadline: Thu 7/7/2022
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This is a non-research related position working with a team of laboratory staff to prepare materials for the Instructional Laboratories in the School of Biological Sciences. The lab assistant will work with faculty and instructional assistants from multiple courses to act as main technical support for BIBC 103 Biochemical Techniques. The lab assistant will also provide technical support for other laboratory courses depending on scheduling needs.
Responsibilities include the following: 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; set up classroom with materials needed for the course; prepare class demonstrations; train teaching assistants and students on use of equipment.
Additional responsibilities: maintain accurate records of all expenditures, procedures, and inventories; handle and store biohazardous materials and controlled substances; handle and care for 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 quarterly and yearly inventory, ordering, equipment repairs, and protocol record system.
Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of general biology and biochemistry acquired through a BS degree or higher in Biology or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.
Knowledge in basic math for maintaining ledgers, income, and expenditures reports. Proven ability to perform 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, 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. Experience with protein purification, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting and/or other antibody-based techniques. Experience with mammalian cell culture preferred.
Ability to use a variety of microscopes, electrophoresis apparatuses, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, 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, and biologicals. 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).
Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and interact effectively with others in the scientific community.
Skill in using computers to enter, modify, retrieve and print inventory records and experience with office software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat. Willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed. Experience with Quartzy or similar lab management software preferred but not required.
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.
Experience working with and training students. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, etc.).
Attention to protocol and details and ability to assist with troubleshooting. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to recognize problems, develop potential solutions, implement appropriate solutions, and evaluate results or progress.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends, depending on the quarter's schedule of classes.
Work schedule may change from quarter to quarter.
Must be willing to work with animals and perform animal euthanasia.
Must be willing to work with biohazardous materials, radioisotopes, and biologicals.
Must have a valid driver's license.
Must be able to lift/move up to 50 lbs.
Background check required.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
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