Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Molecular Microbiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
This position is part of a lab that studies microbes of the female reproductive tract that impact women's health. Our work addresses how bacteria handles sugars, and the biology of bacterial isolates and communities. Work in the lab includes culturing of microbes, including fastidious anaerobic bacteria and living bacterial communities. We also perform molecular and biochemical studies of microbes and their proteins. Independently performs complex research studies, experiments and assays.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs complex analysis/projects according to research protocols, explaining methods and procedures to other technicians.
Provides for data entry and current data files on research projects. Monitors data to ensure consistent quality.
May perform preliminary statistical analysis of data.
Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
Assists in the training and development of technicians, acting as a group leader.
Master’s degree with two years of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling seven years.
Microbiology experience, including the sterile technique.
Previous experince in biochemistry; ability to mix buffers, run and monitor enzymatic reactions, chromatography.
Molecular biology experience and knowledge of PCR, sequencing, cloning, or protein expression.
Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
Willingness to create, modify, and follow protocols.
Willingness to work in teams and independently to accomplish research objectives set by the PI and project group.
Ability to discuss complex topics in microbiology, as well as sensitive topics related to women's sexual health.
The hiring range for this position is $17.00 - $22.96 per hour.
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.
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.
Applicant Special Instructions:
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
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