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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 2, 2019
The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research performed by faculty organized in five divisions:
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Genetics, Genomics and Development
Immunology and Pathogenesis
The teaching and research activities of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. This agenda covers a broad range of specialized disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, tumor biology, microbiology, immunology, pathogenesis and neurobiology.
The types of living organisms from which the departmental faculty draws its working materials are as diverse as its disciplinary specializations, ranging from viruses and microbes through plants, roundworms, annelids, arthropods, and mollusks to fish, amphibia, and mammals. The faculty of the department is organized into five divisions: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Neurobiology; and Immunology and Pathogenesis.
Using sterile technique in a vertical laminar flow hood, change medium and split cell cultures), both as maintenance and as needed for experiments by researchers.
Assess the health of cultures visually and by trypan blue exclusion.
Remove samples sterilely and count viable cells using a hemacytometer or automated cell counter.
Freeze and thaw cultures as requested or upon independent observation of health and age of cultures.
Maintain records of all work.
Create and maintain databases using Quartzy and Google Docs.
Set up plates, dishes or flasks of cells and perform cell culture experiments.
Independently decide the best concentration of cells or decide which cells are best for the type of experiment and then set up experiments.
Advise authors of papers and theses regarding 'materials and methods' sections.
Adapt and/or modify procedures for use in this facility.
Research characteristics and special growth requirements of new additions to the cell bank.
Serve as senior staff assigned to the Advanced Bioimaging Center.
Organize and manage the use and maintenance of rooms comprising the ABC.
Manage and supervise use of all facility equipment.
Provide public service in the form of cultures and curatorial-technical advice to researchers and collaborator.
Answer email and phone calls from researchers ordering cells and asking advice and organize the weekly cell splitting schedule.
Maintain and keep inventory of frozen stocks of cell lines.
Update chemical inventory.
Inventory, order and stock supplies.
Instruct undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in proper cell culture technique, appropriate growth media and reagents.
Assign work to the student employees.
Make and enforce work rules for the facility.
Supervise the work habits of all who use the facility.
Basic Chemistry and/or Biology courses plus lab course work
Willingness to learn new techniques/skills to improve efficiency/integrity of work
Demonstrate experience in working with a variety of laboratory instrumentation, including ability to troubleshoot equipment whenever problems arise and resolve problems quickly so that work can be done in the facility with minimal disruption
Must be able to follow oral and written instructions and perform mathematical calculations pertaining to solution preparation and cell splitting ratios
Must be able to work well without direct supervision after training period
Knowledge of laboratory safety techniques and procedures
Ability to adhere to EH&S Safety Policies and Procedures
Must have excellent record keeping abilities.
Strong organizational and problem solving skills, and the ability to analyze and interpret data
Ability to work effectively, both independently and as a team member, with students and staff, including individuals from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds
Ability to function well under pressure and achieve results
Must be willing to work more than 8 hours on Mondays and Fridays, holidays, and occasionally a few hours on Saturday, when necessary, for an average of 40 hours per week.
B.A./B.S. in biological sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Basic Chemistry and/or Biology courses plus lab course work required.
Experience in sterile technique and mammalian cell culture required.
Experience in insect cell culture.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
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