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Requisition Number 17-0058
Post Date 6/16/2017
Title Laboratory Coordinator
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
This position will advance research for the study of redox/NO-related aims in the context of obesity/diabetes as well as cancer.

This position serves as a resource contact and independently uses professional concepts and techniques, as well as organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Organizing and conducting experiments (including animal experimentation).
2) Ordering and inventorying all supplies
3) Oversee undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
4) Maintaining the laboratory’s compliance with all safety and university-related policies.
5) Maintaining all ACUC and DLAR records in up-to-date and compliant fashion.
6) Data handling and manipulation (organizing and manipulating raw data for presentation in lab meeting as well as for publication/presentation).

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Principal Investigator. Normally receives no instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Typically determines methods and procedures on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project, or activity lead and work coordination responsibilities may occur or be assigned in this position. Guidance or supervision of others will be required.

Physical Demands
Activities require manual skill to perform accurate micropipetting of samples, mixing of small volumes of DNA/RNA, standing/sitting by the bench, lifting of fluid-containing carboys, bending, carrying lightweight objects (up to 40 lbs), and walking back and forth from animal facility for transporting mice, which can be a medium distance, traversing stairs or using elevators. Good hand-eye-coordination, precision of movements, and attention to detail is required.

Work Environment
Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment including using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. Some work will be performed in the cold room and some laboratory chemicals have an odor or toxic fumes. Some work will be performed in the dark room either under dim red light or in the complete darkness using night vision equipment. There will be exposure to murine eye tissues, laboratory animals, and radiation, however protective measures will be provided. Responsible to know and comply with all safety regulations.

The following has been determined as a possible job exposure of this position requiring WVU Environmental Health and Safety medical monitoring:
1) Animal Contact – direct exposure to vertebrate animals, animal tissues, or research with body fluids or wastes.
2) Contacting Hazardous Chemicals – daily or weekly, using strong acids or caustics, fuel or tar products or cancer-causing chemicals.
3) Contact with Human Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM) – includes human body fluids other than feces, urine, tears and sweat.
4) Scientific Research – research using nanoparticles, lasers, anesthetic, fuels or mining, aquatic or diving, etc.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related life sciences discipline
2) 5 years – 7 years of experience in biological research
3) Equivalent combination of education and experience

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Knowledge and laboratory experience in biological research techniques.
2) Knowledge of laboratory environment and appropriate procedures.
3) Ability to prepare reagents.
4) Ability to present scientific data both orally and visually.
5) Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
6) Skilled at using computers and applicable programs/applications.
7) Skilled at assessing chemical concentrations/amounts of various chemical
components in solutions.
8) Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
9) Skilled at using related laboratory equipment.
10) Good organization skills and self motivation.
11) Willingness and ability to learn new protocols/ procedures in a rapid manner.
12) Ability to get along with others in a group setting.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications
1) Previous experience with PCR (genotyping and protein expression profiling) would be preferred.
2) Previous experience with murine experimentation would be preferred.
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