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Requisition Number 17-0063
Post Date 6/30/2017
Title Biology Technician
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
The position will provide oversight of specific research projects to characterize how biochemical signals influence the development of immune responses in cell lines and primary mouse cells, and mouse models of cancer.

This position performs various support duties, and responds to inquiries and resolves matters of relatively low complexity. Responsibilities require some basic decision making and resourcefulness within available guides and precedents. Work effort impacts client services, program and project image, with nominal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under direct supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Under the direction of the PI, independently performs experimental protocols involving culturing cell lines under aseptic conditions, monitoring tumor growth in mice, isolating cells and tissues from mice, and analyzing their function in cell based and molecular assays.
2) Assists investigators in the laboratory with larger experiments that require more than one person.
3) Maintain the laboratory in a safe and functional environment including record keeping such as material safety data sheets and chemical inventories, and processing orders for laboratory supplies.
4) Presentation of experimental results and discussion for future plans.
5) Processes and analyzes data; records research procedures and results; files and maintains records, and codes data for input into electronic data base.
6) Set-up, operate, and maintain instruments and equipment.

Supervisory/Lead Role
Position reports to the Principal Investigator. This position will normally receive or follow specific instructions for routine work. Supervision of others is not required, however, sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role.

Physical Demands
Manual dexterity for day to day operations to operate a computer and other lab equipment with speed and accuracy. Mental dexterity to focus on experimental protocols. This position requires skill and accuracy in actions required to perform and use all laboratory equipment (such as computers, printers, copiers, centrifuges, autoclaves, etc…), as well as a high degree of exactness in the use of hand instruments. Requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and lifting (up to 15 pounds) or moving of equipment or machinery (using a dolly or cart) up to 75 pounds.

Work Environment
Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment including using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The incumbent must comply with all laboratory safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements. Exposure to laboratory animals, radiation, and blood samples may occur, however protective measures will be provided. All University safety courses and training sessions will be completed by the technician.

The following have been determined as possible job exposures 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) Human Pathogen and Biological Research (BSL2+/3) - for those working with or in proximity to certain biological agents
5) Scientific Research - research with nanoparticles, lasers, anesthetic, fuels or mining, aquatic or diving etc.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Bachelor degree in biology, chemistry or related science field;
2) 0 – 2 years of experience performing related cellular and molecular research;
3) An equivalent amount of experience and/or education.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Animal husbandry skills
2) Good verbal and written communication skills.
3) Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
4) Skilled at using related laboratory equipment.
5) Strong time management and work load skills.
6) Knowledge of cell and molecular biology protocols.
7) Knowledge of laboratory environment and appropriate procedures.
8) Knowledge of the use and preparation of culture media and ability to prepare general laboratory reagents etc.
9) Knowledge of laboratory terminology. Knowledge of medical terminology would be helpful.
10) Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
11) Ability to maintain aseptic tissue culture conditions
12) Ability to maintain records and inventories.
13) Ability to operate general laboratory equipment i.e. pH meter, scales, pipetmen, centrifuges, fraction collectors etc.
14) Willingness and ability to learn new techniques or protocols and apply these in an appropriate manner.
15) Good organizational and self-motivational skills.
16) Ability to gather, understand and implement technical protocols from current literature.
17) Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
18) Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
19) Ability to apply mathematical concepts in order to calculate proportions, percentages, concentration, mass and volumes.
20) Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
21) Ability to use tools including wrenches to perform assembly or standard mechanical repairs of laboratory equipment.

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.
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