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Requisition Number 17-0027
Post Date 3/24/2017
Title Research Technician
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
The purpose of this position is to manage the start-up of a new hematology research laboratory in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This position will conduct basic experiments for ongoing projects related to publications and grant applications. This position will also be responsible for data collection/recording and lab administration.

This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and independently resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness, and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program and project image, with potential legal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Perform experiments and record data.
a. Follow research protocol.
b. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments.
c. Analyze data; perform statistical and graphical analysis of data.
d. Design and execute daily laboratory experiments in coordination with senior laboratory personnel.
e. Reproduces and evaluates techniques and results for accuracy.
f. Apply standard protocols to specific experiments, research and improve current methods, and evaluate innovative techniques.
2) Lab Administration
a. Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment.
b. Reproduces and evaluates techniques for accuracy.
c. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment.
d. Assists in training students and new/junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and equipment operation.
e. Maintain cell cultures.
f. Operate and maintain standard laboratory equipment.
g. Assists in daily operations of the laboratory including answering phone, maintaining lab supplies, organization and cleanliness.
h. Provides appropriate safety monitoring checks as assigned (radiation safety, biosafety, etc.).
3) Maintain and manage strong working relationships with vendors, colleagues, and other key stakeholders. Respond to requests quickly and effectively. Identify and understand research needs and expectations and meet them.
4) Serve as a resource by demonstrating competence in specific knowledge, skills and behaviors. Effectively communicate with team members and contribute to their growth by sharing knowledge, experience and skills. Stay abreast of changes in key stems. Serve as a resource to the department in specific area(s).

Supervisory/Lead Role
Position reports to the Principal Investigator. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Supervision of others is not required; however, sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur or be assigned in this position.

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 and office equipment (such as cryostats, microscopes, centrifuges, autoclaves, computers, printers, copiers, 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 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 items have been determined as possible job exposures of this position requiring WVU EHS medical monitoring:
1) Animal Contact - direct exposure to vertebrate animals, animal tissues or research with body fluids or wastes
2) Human Pathogen and Biological Research (BSL2+/3)- for those working with or in proximity to certain biological agents
3) Scientific Research- research with nanoparticles, lasers, anesthetic, fuels or mining, aquatic or diving etc.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field;
2) 2 - 4 years of research laboratory experience with exposure to laboratory procedures, likely including instrumentation, tissue culture and animal handling.
3) An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Skilled in handling animals, including mouse colony maintenance, genotyping, i.p/i.v injecting, bone marrow cells isolation.
2) Knowledge of animal husbandry and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
3) Ability to use necessary laboratory instruments and equipment, including PCR machine, western blot, tissue culture incubators, microscopy, flow cytometry etc., to perform molecular biology experiments, such as PCR, Western blot, cDNA cloning, tissue culture, immunofluorescence staining, flow cytometry and so on
4) Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues.
5) Skilled to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
6) Ability to maintain attention to detail.
7) Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
8) Strong analytical skills with the ability to make judgements and recommendations based on statistical analysis.
9) Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and geographical data display.
10) Proficiency in basic computer applications such as MS Office, email and internet.
11) Advanced knowledge of scientific terminology.
12) Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
13) Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail.
14) Ability to apply mathematical concepts in order to calculate proportions, percentages, and volumes (e.g. making routine buffers).
15) Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload.
16) Ability to work independently to complete assigned projects.
17) Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out complex instructions furnished in written oral or diagram form.

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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