As a Lab Research Scientist of the Tsai Research Laboratory, you will be primarily assigned to laboratory testing using various protocols for a variety of projects and will be instrumental in ensuring that turnaround times and deadlines of individual projects are met. You will independently be responsible for various day-to-day activities of the laboratory and for the implementation of quality systems and proper lab practice.
This unique position has several focus areas and reports directly to the Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Director (occasionally). Focus areas include daily laboratory tasks related to assigned projects, management of ongoing consumables and chemical inventories, development and supervision of specimen freezer inventory, and compliance with DEHS and other lab safety authorities. This position has freedom to influence the operations and project timelines of the laboratory while working with the laboratory manager and director.
In your role as Lab Research Scientist, you will have the opportunity to provide input and help the lab manager make strategic decisions to help shape the direction and capability of the research laboratory. This role requires up to 75% of hands on laboratory bench work but you will have the freedom and opportunity to structure this work within a given timeline.
In order to be successful in this role, you will need to be extremely organized, self-motivated, and data-driven. You should be able to research and present options regarding practices/protocols, equipment, previous research, etc. by supporting them with facts in a concise and well-supported manner.
Work Hours: Flexible but generally 9:00am and 5:00pm
Work Days: Mon-Fri
Total Hours: Full time (40 hrs/week)
Participate and actively further various laboratory projects and help the Lab Manager with day-to-day operations of the research laboratory. This may include the following:
Assists in ongoing projects in the laboratory including monitoring of quality control, evaluating timelines and efficiency, inventorying of supplies and chemicals, working with and supervising students on tasks related specimen management
Learn, and employ laboratory standard operating procedures. Validate protocols and assist in determining appropriate equipment and supplies needed
Review literature relating to research projects; summarize and present literature findings
Help evaluate new technology to ensure cross comparability between instruments. Help investigate and evaluate vendors and products.
Execute experiments using methods created according to previously published methods or novel methods developed as needed.
Help draft and maintain data sets for each project. Synthesize data in easily readable format and prepare graphs, charts, tables, and reports of data.
Supervise student workers including assigning tasks/duties, monitoring progress, and ensuring that all assigned tasks are performed efficiently.
Protocols currently in use in the laboratory include DNA extraction, ELISA, multi-plex immunoassays, toxicology screening assays, and fatty acid profile analysis.
75% Laboratory work including optimizing and validating protocols related to ELISA, DNA Extraction, fatty acid extraction, other laboratory techniques
15% Assist in management of daily laboratory operations including helping with reviewing information for upcoming projects, reviewing past protocols and data, shipping and receiving of specimens, help with troubleshooting protocols and instrument functionality, etc.
10% Administrative tasks such as supply and chemical ordering and tracking, meeting with vendors and supply reps, supervising student workers, record keeping of equipment maintenance
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Bachelor’s Degree (BS/BA) in a biologically related field plus 1 year of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal five (5) years
Previous experience working in a laboratory setting
Proficient in literature searches using Google and PubMed, and adequately and efficiently summarize literature in a given area
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, attention to detail and follows through on tasks, ability to problem solve and prioritize issues
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
1-2 years hands-on laboratory experience with human fluids in a BSL2 laboratory
Understands principles of nucleic acid extraction, ELISAs and immunoassays, serial and fold dilutions
Laboratory experience in setting up and validating ELISA and immunoassay procedures
Supervisory and/or management experience, either formal or informal
Internal Number: 336034
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