Regional Campus: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Posting Number: 16ST3099
Job Type: Full Time
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Operations Coordinator for The Division of Life Sciences, Office of Undergraduate Instruction. This position reports to the Director for Office of Undergraduate Instruction in the Division of Life Sciences. The Division of Life Sciences, Office of Undergraduate Instruction, converted the traditional General Biology course to a new model with Workshops for all 2200+ students and an entirely redesigned laboratory curriculum serving 800-900 students each semester in the regular academic year. So that students better experience the process of science, the new laboratory course uses two themes, aquatic ecology and DNA sequencing to provide students the opportunity to do their own research projects. The LOC needs knowledge and experience in techniques related to DNA sequencing (PCR, electrophoresis, and sequence analysis) and the ability to work directly with undergraduate students to provide laboratory expertise in a supportive instructional environment. Among the key duties of this position are the following: Responsible for the preparation of the teaching laboratories under the direction of the course faculty and Supervisor to Laboratory Instructional Support ensuring each teaching laboratory is appropriately ready for class or exam use.
Attends mandatory weekly preparatory sessions; sets up equipment and supplies for weekly lab activities; prepares chemicals, materials and solutions for lab exercises and conducts quality control testing on equipment, materials and lab exercises prior to the weekly preparatory sessions.
Meets with student lab groups to review their proposed methods and materials prior to initiation of their research projects and subsequently monitors project progress so that needed materials and supplies are available and material and equipment problems are solved in a timely manner.
Assists and instructs Teaching Assistants (TAs) in proper lab techniques and equipment use.
Assists with quality control of student samples on a weekly basis and insures that student samples are processed and stored appropriately.
Assists with ordering, storage, and disbursement of supplies and equipment as directed.
Maintains and makes routine repairs to equipment used in laboratory instruction.
Home Location Campus: Busch (RU-New Brunswick)
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with teaching at the collegiate level; website development; chemistry experience in pipetting; experience extracting, purifying, and isolating DNA from bacteria, plant, and animal samples in a research laboratory preferred
Prior experience as a technician/lab coordinator also preferred.
Strong administrative skills would also be ideal.
Additionally, experience in inventory management and computing skills would be useful.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must have a working knowledge and experience in techniques related to DNA sequencing (PCR, electrophoresis, and sequence analysis).
Must have a working knowledge of scientific research design and laboratory techniques in biology, ranging from those used in introductory level (General Biology) to more advanced (Genetics and Microbiology) courses, but specifically conducting and analyzing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
Must be proficient in understanding and executing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the biology laboratory.
Must have knowledge in chemical compatibility, proper waste disposal and general laboratory safety.
Also requires good communication skills and computer literacy.
In addition to strong math skills for calculating concentrations and dilutions of samples and reagents, applicant must have the basic chemistry skills, including pipetting, needed to independently prepare reagents needed in laboratory activities in a timely fashion.
Must be able to prioritize tasks, work both independently and in a team, and carry out multiple concurrent tasks, often with many interruptions.
Must be able to develop and maintain a professional relationship with faculty, Supervisor, other staff, teaching assistants, and undergraduate students.
Must have basic computer and effective writing skills required for generating laboratory exercise protocols for teaching assistants and students and disseminating information to faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students (word processing, spread sheet, graphics program, Sakai).
Must be able to follow instructions from superiors and ask for clarification when needed.
Department: SAS-DLS-Undergrad Instruction
Special Conditions: Must have amenable work schedule to ensure coverage for day and night classes throughout the semester based on a 37.5 hour work week.