The Operations Coordinator will, under the direction of the Project Manager and/or project leads, be responsible for operating equipment, executing experiments and generating data.
This position involves, but is not limited to:
1. Execution of the project tasks to meet deadlines
Read instructions and execute tasks accurately and precisely
Perform assigned tasks such as sterilization, cleaning, and maintenance of large and small fermentors, monitoring and controlling microbial systems, and preparation of support materials independently (after training)
Prepare detailed records in MS-Excel that document set-up and control of planned experiment
Aseptically cultivate and transfer diverse microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, filamentous fungi, and heterotrophic algae
Trouble shoot during experiments (diagnose, report and fix – if possible – experimental deviations) and implement appropriate control changes to meet fermentation objectives
Interpret analytical results and demonstrate understanding of underlying principles
Record data and observations into workbooks and batch records
Work with frequent interruptions and plan modifications
2. Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams
Apply experience and perspective
Execute all tasks with special attention to workplace safety
Able to quickly incorporate plan modifications
Exhibit sound judgement, empathy, tact, and patience
Provide feedback to project leaders and team members regarding observations and ideas for improvement
4. Shift work
Work non-routine hours on rotating shifts with some night and weekend work
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge normally acquired from specialized training such as that acquired in two to three years of college, technical, vocational, trade or business school with coursework in a field related to the area of employment; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in performing tasks related to the area of employment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. May require certification in the area of employment.
In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:
Knowledge equivalent to completion of an Associate’s Degree in a scientific field or Bachelor’s degree (e.g. Biology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline) with demonstrated laboratory experience
Excellent mechanical aptitude and trouble-shooting skills
Capacity to identify (and rectify, if feasible) experimental deviations
Capability to accurately execute tasks in a timely manner
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Organizational skills and strong attention to detail
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proficiency with computers, especially MS Excel
Ability to work a significant amount of non-routine hours, rotating shift schedules, with some night shifts and weekends
The following skill sets are preferred:
Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific field (e.g. Biology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline)
1-2 years of experience working in a laboratory
Hands-on experience with sterile techniques and handling of various micro-organisms
Hands-on experience with fermentation
Demonstrated ability to connect assigned specific tasks to the larger objectives
Understanding of underlying principles of HPLC/GC, spectrophotometry, and chemical safety
The candidate should be motivated, self-starting, flexible, and a team player.
Required Application Materials
The job will require some evening and weekend shift work.
Summary of Physical Demands
Duties associated with this position involve lifting up to 50 lbs, carrying up to 50 lbs, and pushing/pulling up to 200 lbs (with pallet jack).
Summary of Health Risks
Duties associated with this position involve working in noisy (at or above 85 decibles) areas; and risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety, such as working with chemicals and microorganisms.
Bidding eligibility ends on 11/6/2018 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 543650
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