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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. The Biology Instructional Lab Assistant will work with faculty and instructional assistants from multiple courses to prepare, sequence, and analyze next-generation sequencing data. 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 to use equipment.
Additional responsibilities include: 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.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends, depending on the quarter's schedule of classes. Work schedule may change from quarter to quarter.
Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of bioinformatics, 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.
Demonstrated ability and extensive knowledge of next-generation sequencing, including both library prep and data analysis.
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.
Demonstrated 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. Ability to troubleshoot problems and perform minor repairs. Ability to learn operation of new equipment if necessary.
Demonstrated experience preparing lab for class demonstrations.
Skill to read and understand equipment manuals to troubleshoot malfunctions in lab instruments. Skills to perform simple repairs, such as replacing fuses, bulbs, adjusting moving parts, soldering connectors, etc.
Ability to provide work direction to casual workers and other support staff as well as the ability to delegate tasks to lab assistants and student helpers. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, etc.).
Proven ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage calculations by hand or calculator. Must be able to calculate molarities, normalities and percentages.
Proficient computer skills to enter, modify, retrieve and print computerized inventory records using software such as Excel, and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.
Excellent interpersonal and verbal 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.
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.
Knowledge of laboratory safety rules and regulations, use of lab safety equipment, Safety Data Sheets and safety precautions, including safe handling, proper storage and disposal of biohazardous, radioactive materials, chemicals, radioisotopes, and b
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