Job Requisition Number: 25160. The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) is part of the College of Letters and Science. Its focus on biological integration and diversity encompasses the full spectrum of biological organization (e.g., from molecular to biosphere) for organisms ranging from viruses to plants and animals. Its faculty represent a wide range of expertise, including paleontology, population genetics, physiology, anatomy, human biology and health sciences, and organismal, ecological, and evolutionary botany and zoology.
Under general direction, this position is responsible for collecting plants, algae, seaweeds, fungi and lichens used in a number of courses offered by Integrative Biology and Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB). In addition, this position is responsible for preparation of material and equipment, and for technical support associated with multiple biology laboratory courses in the Department of Integrated Biology and more than 90 sections of General Biology (Bio 1B) annually. Assignments are received and work performed under the direction of the IB Instructional Lab Manager and the Bio 1B Lab Coordinators and may be from any of our diverse scientific disciplines. The incumbent assists with the purchasing, preparation, set-up, maintenance, and take down of instructional materials, ensures that supplies and equipment are present in the classroom in the required quantities and in working condition for each laboratory section; provides technical support, demonstrations, and troubleshooting with experiments, computers, audiovisual systems, microscopes, and other laboratory equipment; assists with collection or maintenance of plant material and organisms for instruction and serves as a backup for other Instructional Support employees. The employee also organizes and participates in outreach efforts including Cal Day activities for the Department.
Teaching Laboratory Preparation, Set-Up, and Take-Down
•Move scientific equipment in and out of labs as needed and set-up equipment ready to be operated. Equipment includes microscopes, osmometers, metabolic equipment, treadmills, fluorometers, pH meters, sodium meters, and various measuring devices, analyzers, computers, etc. •Prepare and set-up demonstration and study material (including live plants and animals), dissection material, etc. •Prepare chemical solutions for class use: stains, buffers, media, etc. •Maintain a stock of glassware and other lab supplies required for setting up different courses. •Anticipate course supply needs and ensure that supplies and equipment are present in the classroom in the required quantities and in working condition for each laboratory section. •Replenish depleted supplies in between laboratory sessions and maintain cleanliness of work areas and classroom. •Break-down lab set-ups and clean labs after each lab exercise to prepare for the next course or lab section, which may include time before 8:30 AM or after 6 PM depending on course need. •Research and purchase teaching material or apparatus to meet the specific needs of the diverse courses (e.g., filters for respirometers or casts of fossils). •Provide support to the faculty and/or GSI as requested based on the needs of the course. •Train faculty and GSIs in techniques for use of new equipment, preparation of chemical solutions, use of audiovisual equipment, preparation of animal and plant specimens, safety protocols, etc. •Collect, package, and dispose hazardous waste material through EH&S according to established protocols. •Maintain Standard Operating Procedure documents and associated records.
Plant and Specimen Collecting
•Collect plants, algae, seaweeds, fungi, lichens, and marine organisms for undergraduate biology courses. •Collections are primarily made at the UC Botanical Garden or on the main campus grounds, but may include Berkeley Marina, Emeryville Marshland, north coast intertidal areas, and Monterey kelp forests. •Communicate with IB/PMB faculty, lecturers, GSIs, and staff associated with the respective courses to assess needs for each semester. •Work with UC Botanical Garden horticulturalists to determine plant availability and location in Garden. •Discuss lack of availability with faculty and suggest available substitutes that meet the pedagogical goals of the laboratory exercise. •When specimens are unavailable from the UC Botanical Garden, purchase plant material from local nurseries, grocery stores, and flower shops. •Provide laboratory set up for special plant labs including distillation and alcohol extractions. •When needed, obtain appropriate loan specimens from the University and Jepson Herbarium to supplement the fresh/living plant collections. •Maintain live plant specimens in greenhouse.
Classroom/Equipment/Specimen Maintenance and Inventory Control
•Perform all cleaning, adjusting, calibrating, and minor repair of course equipment and arrange for more extensive service by outside vendors. •Move equipment between lab rooms and storage areas as needed and process obsolete equipment for disposal. •Maintain laboratory classrooms by washing countertops and stocking supplies such as paper towels, soap, chalk, etc. •Maintain equipment & specimen inventory records including microscopes, adding new purchases when acquired and removing obsolete or broken items. •Assist Instructional Support Unit Manager with purchasing, record keeping, and other paperwork. •Maintain plant, invertebrate, vertebrate, and gross anatomy teaching collection specimens.
Technical Support, Digital Imaging Development
•Provide technical support and troubleshooting assistance to instructors and staff with computers, audiovisual, microscopic, and other laboratory equipment. •Document and update preparation procedures, set-up diagrams and instructional support manuals. •Work with faculty and staff to develop digital images for courses. •Produce visual aids for labs using software programs such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint. •Work with faculty and staff to develop and/or maintain course web sites and bCourses sites. •Stay current with biological instruction to improve presentation of class materials to keep pace with rapid developments in biological sciences. •Communicate and collaborate with instructors and staff to maintain ingenuity, imagination, and creativity with regard to class needs.
General Unit Support and Outreach
•Miscellaneous instructional support tasks assigned by supervisor or requested by Faculty, such as: photocopying, proctoring exams, processing Scantron exam forms, allowing students to review exams, assisting with laboratory inspections or chemical inventories, purchasing, helping streamline tasks, creating signage, assisting with preparation for marine collections, providing back up help to other instructional support staff, general maintenance of classrooms and conference rooms, key card issuance, etc. •Participate in CAL Day activities, commencement, and Departmental outreach programs. Other miscellaneous support tasks for IB Courses as assigned by supervisor.•Extensive knowledge of biological science laboratory equipment, instrumentation, and exercises involving whole organisms. •Extensive knowledge of plant identifications, seasonality, flowering, and availability. Demonstrated ability to apply botanical identification skills and plant natural history information to ensure that proper specimens are available for botanical teaching labs. Ability to identify available substitutes when desired specimens are unavailable that meet the pedagogical goals of the laboratory exercise •Knowledge of instructional support function and a combination of multi-disciplinary fields in Integrative Biology: such as physiology, anatomy, ecology, plant biology, marine biology, organismal biology, evolution or closely related disciplines. •Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to, use of Google docs, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Course Management software and web authoring software/tools in a multi-platform environment (Adobe Creative Suite, Internet Explorer, HTML). Ability to become proficient with audiovisual production and to produce printed visuals or videos for teaching laboratories and webcasts. •Ability to recognize difficulties students and GSIs are having with a particular laboratory exercise. •Creative thinking, independent judgment, and critical analysis to provide suggestions to lab exercises, protocols or materials with faculty. •Demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team, organize work assignments, establish priorities, develop appropriate recommendations and solutions, communicate well and ensure completion of multiple projects to meet all deadlines. Ability to maintain oversight as well as accuracy and careful attention to planning and detail. •Ability to manage time efficiently and coordinate efforts between off-site collecting activities and in-lab preparations such that course needs are met. •Ability to order and maintain supplies and equipment for specific laboratory instructional exercises and ensure their arrival for a particular lab period. •Ability to maintain accuracy and careful attention to planning and detail. •Effective interpersonal, customer service and oral/written communication skills. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff, including individuals from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. •Ability to accurately make chemical solutions and dilutions. •Ability to become familiar with and follow applicable lab safety procedures and requirements, as well as hazardous materials disposal guidelines. •Ability to develop instructional display materials, and to assist in the production of audiovisual aids for teaching laboratories. •Ability to work in the presence of cadavers and to maintain anatomical specimens. •Some evening, weekend and holiday work. •Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in biology, with emphasis in plant biology, physiology, anatomy, ecology, marine biology, organismal biology or closely related disciplines; and 1-2 years of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/rx/index.html
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