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Requisition Number 17-0013
Post Date 2/10/2017
Title Biology Technician
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
This position will provide assistance to the Principal Investigator (PI) collect scientific data for research projects in Ophthalmology.

This position 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) Prepare and execute biomedical research in the laboratory.
2) Maintains and genotypes animal colonies.
3) Culture mammalian cells.
4) Prepares reagent as needed by the lab staff.
5) Process orders for laboratory supplies.
6) Prepare solutions and materials for laboratory experiments.
7) Assist PI and other investigators in the laboratory with their experiments, as needed.
8) Keep detailed records of research data, written and computerized logs of mouse colony censuses, material safety data sheets, and chemical inventories.
9) Document, analyze, and present experimental results and discuss findings.
10) Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory 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 of computers and other lab equipment, including stereo and compound microscopes, is required. 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 (pipettors, dissecting tools, syringes, etc.). Requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and lifting or moving of equipment or machinery (using a dolly) up to 75 pounds. Routine handling of mice is required.

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 biological samples is expected; however, protective measures and safety training will be provided.

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 exposures to vertebrate animals, animal tissues or research with body fluids or wastes.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Bachelor’s degree in biology or related science field;
2) 6 months – 2 years of relevant experience in a biological research laboratory setting;

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Strong verbal and written communication, time management, organizational, and self-motivation skills.
2) Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
3) Knowledge of the use and preparation of cell culture media, aseptic technique, general microbiological procedures, and relevant molecular biology protocols.
4) Knowledge of general laboratory terminology. Knowledge of medical terminology would be helpful.
5) Ability to measure volumes and/or weights of chemicals, and apply mathematical concepts to calculate concentrations (in molar units) and prepare solutions according to precise specifications.
6) Ability to operate general laboratory equipment (i.e. pH meter, scales, pipettors, centrifuges, etc.) and the willingness and ability to learn new techniques, procedures, or protocols and apply them in an appropriate manner.
7) Ability to gather, understand and implement technical protocols from current literature.
8) Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
9) Ability to follow oral and written instructions, and apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
10) Ability to maintain records and inventories.
11) Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
12) Ability to use tools including wrenches to perform assembly or standard mechanical repairs of laboratory equipment.
13) Skilled at small animal handling

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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