The Division of Nutritional Sciences has an immediate opening for a lab manager to support Dr. Kimberly O'Brien's lab.
Research interests in the laboratory focus on mineral dynamics with an emphasis on pediatric and pregnant populations. Many on-going research projects utilize stable mineral isotopes as tracers. These tracers are measured using mass spectrometric instrumentation for high-sensitivity isotopic analyses.
The lab technician will provide support in the execution of experiments in human nutrition including independently setting up experimental laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques, and ensuring protocols are followed. Analyze data and keep meticulous records of experimental procedures. Assist PI with purchasing equipment, determining ancillary equipment needed, obtain quotes and provide purchasing recommendations. Monitor budget and investigate discrepancies. Participate in literature review and assist with methodology write ups for manuscript and grant proposal preparation. Interview, train and supervise undergraduate research assistants, including managing workloads and work schedules. Provide training and support for graduate students, visitors and others in lab. Serve as Laboratory Operations Manager ensuring that laboratory equipment is in working order, that supplies necessary are on hand, and that laboratory safety procedures are adhered to at all times. The laboratory position involves assisting with human metabolic studies where study volunteers ingest stable mineral isotopes. The laboratory technician will help with scheduling the follow-up visits and with processing of the biological samples from these studies.
This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.
Associate's degree with minimum 2 years related laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.Strong communication and interpersonal skills required. Demonstrates outstanding attention to detail; ability to multi-task; understanding of experimental procedures; and ability to work independently while fostering a team environment.
Bachelor's degree or experience with molecular biology, chemistry, geology or biochemistry. Knowledge of mass spectrometry and stable isotopes is desirable. Previous supervisor experience is helpful. Able to use sound judgment in decision making, troubleshooting problems, and providing solid recommendations for solutions.
Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts less than 10 pounds
Visual: Acute concentration/eye-hand coordination
Hazards: Chemicals/safety precautions
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