Research Specialist - AZ - Core Facility
Company: Midwestern University US
Posted on: February 24, 2021
Research Specialist - AZ - Core Facility The Research Specialist
will help establish, maintain and provide daily technical support
to the new Core Facility at Midwestern University. The Core
Facility will house shared equipment for our campus researchers.
The position will require the person to work under the supervision
of at least one faculty member (a core facility supervisor) to
accomplish assigned tasks. Incumbent will primarily work with
equipment in three specialty areas that are the strengths of the
core facility: Histology, Advanced Imaging, and
Molecular/Analytical Biology. The Research Specialist will oversee
all standard maintenance of the laboratory and mentor and train
research students, research staff, and faculty on the various
pieces of shared equipment. Keeping the facility organized and safe
is critical. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Establishes and manages a safe, operational laboratory that is
designed to serve the entire Midwestern University research
- Communicates regularly with the supervising faculty member
regarding all laboratory operations and needs.
- Obtains quotes, performs ordering of lab supplies and
equipment, and keeps the laboratory appropriately stocked at all
- Performs daily maintenance of each piece of laboratory
- Must become an expert user of equipment-specific software.
- Assist and lead group, and one-on-one student training of core
facility equipment, and subsequently oversees students using the
- Train research staff and faculty how to use core facility
equipment, and subsequently oversees their use of the
- Provides scientific and technical advice and guidance to
students, staff, and faculty, when appropriate.
- Assists the core facility faculty supervisor in hosting
campus-wide, regularly scheduled educational seminars on how to
safely and effectively use the equipment.
- Maintains chemical inventory and MSDS info for all lab
- Develops written protocols for using each piece of core
- Reads and performs regular literature research in order to stay
current on laboratory protocols.
- May be asked to travel to sites of collaboration and/or
training, or to scientific meetings.
- May be asked to assist faculty/course directors in training
during laboratory-based courses.
- Performs additional duties as required.
- Must have schedule flexibility and be willing to occasionally
work late hours, weekends and potentially overtime in order to
handle emergency equipment malfunctions or immediate safety
concerns. Preferred Skills Strong experience and expertise in at
least one of these areas is greatly preferred:
- Experience using histology equipment: tissue processors, tissue
embedders, microtomes, vibratomes, cyrostats, laser capture
- Experience using microscopy/imaging equipment: brightfield
microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, scanning
and transmission electron microscopy, microCT, and image
- Experience using molecular/analytical biology equipment: LC/MS
mass spectrometry (triple quadrupole), plate readers, real-time
PCR, luminometers, flow cytometry Supervisory Responsibilities This
job has no supervisory responsibilities of salaried employees.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must
be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge,
skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. Education and/or Experience Bachelor's degree
in biological or chemical sciences and a minimum of 3-5 years of
relevant laboratory experience is required or a research
thesis-based Master's degree in a biological or chemical sciences
related field with 2 years of full time experience as a research
staff member. Experience in histology, microscopy, molecular
biology and/or mass spectrometry is preferred. Advanced degrees
(e.g. master of science) are also preferred, but not necessary.
Computer Skills Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel,
Power Point, Outlook) is required. Familiarity with Image J,
GraphPad Prism, SPSS is preferred. Language Skills Intermediate
skills: Ability to write, read, and interpret documents such as
safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure
manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to communicate effectively with students, staff and
faculty. Reasoning Ability Intermediate skills: Ability to apply
common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in
written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems
involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Mathematical Ability Basic skills: add, subtract, multiply, and
divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions,
and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to
interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra,
geometry and statistics. Physical Demands The physical demands
described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While
performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally
required to sit. The employee is regularly required to walk, climb
or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell. The
employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or
feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must
regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift
and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by
this job include vision correctable to 20/40 in one eye, color
vision and depth vision, especially for using microscopes. The work
environment characteristics described here are representative of
those an employee encounters while performing the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform certain essential
functions. This individual will occasionally be exposed to toxic or
caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is
usually moderate.-- Midwestern University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate
against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion,
gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord
with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).
Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act
(A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).
Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of
2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts. Equal Opportunity
Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The
contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate
against employees or applicants because they have inquired about,
discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another
employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the
compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part
of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other
employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have
access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in
response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an
investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR
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