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Departmental Overview A laboratory assistant position is available in the Liu laboratory in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, which works on the virology, immunology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of human pathogens using in vitro systems, a mouse model, and human clinical studies. The main purpose of the position is to assist the laboratory in management duties that include but are not limited to maintaining the mouse colony of the animal models for human pathogens; supplies and equipment procurement, organization and inventory; annual inspections and chemical inventory; preparation of common reagents, and stocking of general lab supplies.
Approximately 50% of the time will be spent assisting other members of the laboratory in scientific projects and performing experiments under close supervision. The position has a range of organizational and operational functions and it requires working in coordination with other laboratory members as it impacts the overall functionality of the laboratory. This position includes management of day-to-day laboratory operations, including the maintenance and breeding of the mouse colony, smooth operation of the essential scientific equipment, as well as ensuring availability of laboratory materials and reagents to members of the laboratory. These actions will closely be supervised are the basic requirements for the scientific work of other members of the laboratory.
Maintenance and organization of mouse colony under supervision including breeding of several strains, managing colony size and composition, weaning offspring, and updating the database of breeding and experimental mice.
Maintenance of long-term laboratory organization and inventory of viral strains, DNA, clones, and reagents. Responsible for freezer inventory and management.
Performing experiments of human cytomegalovirus persistent infection in oral cells. Updating laboratory computer backups and databases.
Shipping of reagents and supplies to collaborators and field sites in the world.
Organizing the receipt of specimens arriving from the field sites, update and maintenance of the database of the samples and their location in the lab.
Assisting laboratory members in their scientific experiment and performing projects under supervision.
Self-motivated, energetic and able to work in a diverse team environment.
Some experience in animal work (strongly preferred)
BSL2 Laboratory experience Access or other database management skills.
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Other Information Full-time Limited (up to 18-months duration) position with full eligibility to UC benefits plan. This Limited appointment is not subject to career conversation when it exceeds 1000hrs. Per UPTE Article 31 Positions/Appointments B.3: 'The automatic conversion to career status, as provided in Section B.2. above will not occur when: 3c. The funding for the position is one time funding, of eighteen (18) months or less.'
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