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Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Chemistry. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Patti Lab in the Chemistry Department at Washington University is seeking a scientist who has completed an undergraduate or master’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or equivalent. Successful candidates will be involved in multiple research projects in the laboratory, and will also serve as laboratory manager. In addition to participating in basic research projects, responsibilities include organizing laboratory equipment, inventorying supplies, scheduling instrument repairs, and coordinating group activities.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform research, under the direction of the PI or other lab personnel. Research may include wet chemistry (e.g. extractions and concentrations from biological samples), mass spectrometry experiments using known procedures, data analysis using established metabolomics techniques (e.g. comparative statistics, signal detection, normalization).
Conduct literature searches, as needed. Assist in manuscript preparation.
Plan and execute preventative maintenance on instrumentation and equipment. Coordinate with instrument vendors as needed for regular maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs. Coordinate with instrument vendors for installations of new instrumentation and equipment. Ensure instruments are tuned and calibrated with regularity.
Inventory laboratory supplies. Order replenishing supplies as needed. Coordinate with chemistry storeroom manager for orders of consumable supplies, chemicals, biological supplies, compressed gases, cryogens, etc.
Organize and plan group activities, including travel to conferences and meetings, social activities, and outreach activities.
Serve as liaison with chemistry department building supervisor regarding laboratory renovations and updates to accommodate new instrumentation. Notify building supervisor when repairs are required or infrastructure issues arise.
B.A. or B.S. in chemistry, biology, physics, or related area of study with two years’ experience in research or advanced undergraduate laboratory courses.
The ability to work independently and to work in a group setting is essential.
The ability to work on several projects in parallel and associated good time management skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to work closely with Principal Investigator and other laboratory researchers.
Working knowledge with data organization, analysis, and graphics software packages.
Experience with mass spectrometry techniques.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Will work with chemicals and scientific equipment daily.
The hiring range for this position is $15.46 - $20.88 per hour.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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