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Staff Research Associate (Level 2 or 3)

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: July 7, 2019

Job Description:

Staff Research Associate (Level 2 or 3)

Job Category:

Scientific/Laboratory Research

Unit:

School of Natural Sciences

Position Code:

SNS9006A

Status:

Open

Closing Date:

Review of applications will begin 07/15/19 and continue until the position has been filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received

Salary:

$23.25 - $25.62

Location:

Merced



Background check:

Background check is required



Description:


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

Under the general direction of the Natural Sciences Instructional Lab Coordinator for Life Sciences has the responsibility for the supervision, management and direction of the Biology Instructional prep facilities and laboratories. Position requires ability to act independently to solve situations regarding laboratory experiments, maintain confidentiality, and practice ethical decision making and sound judgment in budgetary matters. Position requires knowledge of various fields within Biology.

The Staff Research Associate responsibilities include providing a quality instructional laboratory experience for undergraduate course work, training of support staff in scientific procedures and techniques, the establishment of appropriate laboratory safety protocol for staff and students, and ensuring the maintenance and repair of the facilities. Incumbent also ascertains and researches equipment parts and makes provision for support of activities such as laboratory tours and other programs offered by other departments such as administration.

The successful applicant, under the general direction of the Natural Sciences Instructional Lab Coordinator for Life Sciences, will take complete responsibility for all aspects required for the successful delivery of several Biology lab courses. The incumbent is responsible for the supervision of the daily activities and operation of the laboratory preparation unit. This will include preparation of chemical solutions, cultures and media for laboratory experiments; preparation of slides for students; maintenance of cell cultures; husbandry of several model organisms including zebrafish, C. elegans, and D. melanogaster; and preparation of data sets and chart/graphs. The incumbent will also be responsible for operational support of the instructional labs, including organizing and monitoring supplies, maintaining equipment inventory and maintenance/ repair of equipment.

The incumbent will also be responsible for all aspects of Bio 002 lab operation. The incumbent with coordinate and schedule meetings for multiple teaching assistants for weekly lab orientations. These weekly orientations will require the knowledge of the scientific principles, techniques and associated safety issues of PCR, bacterial transformation and isolation, cell organelle isolation, chromatography, DNA and protein gels, and other fields within Biology. Effective communication with faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students to provide assistance, supervision, or instruction as needed is essential to the successful performance of the position.

*Note: The level determined to be hired for this position will be based on qualifications.



Qualifications:

Level 2 Qualifications:

- The incumbent has a B.A. /B.S. in biological sciences or related field and 3 years of experience in an instructional laboratory setting.
-Must have experience in stockroom management, instructional maintenance, supervision of student assistant, and/ or related tasks.
-Requires knowledge in cell and molecular biology
-Must have excellent communication skills and ability to work closely with faculty in designing, testing and revising experiments on a short time line.
-Ability to work independently and with others.
- Demonstrate skills in setting priority under conflicting demands of time to reflect organizational goals; ability to work with frequent interruptions and deadlines.
- Ability to effectively supervise students.
- Responsible for maintaining clean and safe work environment.
- Demonstrate ability to maintain accurate data files.
- Demonstrates ability to operate a network PC, printer, scanner, copier, fax machine, LCD projector, digital cameras and computer software.
- Assist in development, implement and monitor laboratory protocol and procedures including prep-sheets and clean up sheets for biology courses.
- Demonstrates experience in general laboratory skills including accuracy in chemical preparation, ordering supplies and safe laboratory practices.
- Ability to adapt laboratory procedures as needed to correct equipment or materials issues, including biological specimen.
- Knowledge of the use and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment including and not limited to compound microscopes, stereoscopes, combination video/microscope units, audio/ visual equipment, autoclaves, incubators, centrifuges, and programmable growth chambers. This includes the ability to recognize suboptimal performance of equipment and accurately report the problems to the appropriate service technician or service for repair.
- Demonstrate experience in the growth of pure bacterial cultures and generation of plasmid DNA vectors.
- Manual dexterity to handle small or sensitive pieces of equipment, delicate specimens, hazardous chemicals and practical sterile techniques.
- Knowledge to research standard and uncommon laboratory reference materials, including but not limited to DSMZ and MSDS to determine safe handling methods for potentially hazardous material.
- Exceptional organizational and time management skills to prioritize work for self.
- Good computer skills including but not limited to, creating spreadsheets and reports using MS Word, MS Excel, and web-based programs for the use among prep staff and within the department. The ability to upgrade old and install new programs is also essential.
- Valid California driver s license
- Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with people from a wide variety of ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.

Level 3 Qualifications:

- The incumbent has a B.A. /B.S. in biological sciences or related field and at least 5 years of of progressively related experience in an instructional laboratory setting.
-Must have experience in stockroom management, instructional maintenance, supervision of student assistant, and/ or related tasks.

Keywords: University of California - Merced, Merced , Staff Research Associate (Level 2 or 3), Other , Merced, California

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