Biology Instructional Labs Staff Research Assoc. - 112928
#112928 Biology Instructional Labs Staff Research Assoc.Extended Deadline: Thu 1/20/2022
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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 Division of Biological Sciences. This position will provide technical support for various lab courses depending on scheduling needs.
Duties to 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 various materials needed for the day's 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, controlled substances and animals subjects (fish, frogs, rats, chick eggs, crayfish, rats, sea urchins, worms and fruit flies); enforce safety standards as required by Environmental Health and Safety; clean and sterilize glassware and labs after class; clean and maintain equipment; make deliveries and pick-ups with University vehicle; and assist with quarterly and yearly inventory, ordering system, equipment repairs, and protocol record system.
Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of general biology, molecular biology, cell biology and physiology acquired through a BS degree or higher in Biology or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.
Ability to perform various small animal surgeries on rats, frogs, leeches and worms. Knowledge and skill to handle and care for animal subjects and dispose of carcasses in accordance with all governing regulations. Ability to perform animal anesthesia and euthanasia.
Proven skill to care for animals in accordance with university regulations. Sensitivity to the needs of caged laboratory animals, skill and knowledge to apply principles of sanitizing and disinfecting animal cages, and basic skills in veterinary procedures in compliance with AAALAC standards.
Proven ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage calculations by hand or calculator. Must be able to calculate molarities, normalities and percentages.
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.
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).
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.
Strong 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.
Experience preparing lab for class demonstrations.
Proven 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.
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. Background check required.
Must be able to lift/move up to 50 lbs.
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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