DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE:Primary Investigator
TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Varies
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To oversee experimental design, research performance, and day-to-day laboratory operations for an assigned division(s)/department(s) of a Medical Center. To train and oversee the work of other laboratory personnel in technical and laboratory procedures. To plan and execute complex laboratory research, to make accurate observations and record test results, to analyze data, and to develop new methods. To assist in the planning, design, measurement, assessment, and improvement of laboratory services.
Maintain/manage strong working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other key stakeholders. Respond to requests quickly and effectively. Identify and understand customer needs and expectations and meets them. Communicate any relevant information to clients, colleagues, and other key stakeholders.
Demonstrate advanced competence in specific knowledge, skills and behaviors. Effectively communicate with team members and contribute to their growth by sharing knowledge, experience, and skills; stay abreast of changes in key systems; serve as an expert resource to the department, and/or hospital in specific area(s).
Propose and design projects for rotating graduate and undergraduate laboratory students. Train postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and laboratory personnel and others on procedures performed in the laboratory and in laboratory techniques. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Present information on research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journal clubs, and seminars. Set up and maintain laboratory website.
May act as a mentor to more junior staff, serve as the contact for resolution of complex issues, provide education, guidance and work direction. May provide input and feedback to managers on hiring decisions, professional development and performance management.
Follow research protocols. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research and improve techniques currently used. Answer scientific questions posed by supervisory faculty. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Analyze data, perform statistical and graphical analysis of data, and interpret results. Author material for reports, publications, journal articles, and abstracts
Innovate and adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Standardize and establish new published procedures. Evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and new protocols; design formats. Discuss relevant insights about experimental results with primary investigator and provide useful recommendations and analysis. Develops new & critical technology for the laboratory's progress.
Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repair equipment; monitor proper use by personnel. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment; order supplies from vendors and storeroom. Maintain stocks of chemicals and solutions. Purchase and ensure proper handling and care of laboratory animals. Assist in preparing, writing, and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests. Prepare, approve, and initiate check requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance, and resolve any discrepancies. Provides appropriate compliance checks as assigned and may be responsible for all internal laboratory record keeping with respect to compliance.
Skills & Competencies
Good verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
Considering multiple perspectives or challenging traditional assumptions; formulating unusual, clever ideas or developing new insights; astutely identifying new ideas that will improve organizational functions, products, or services
Locating and gathering relevant information; recognizing and working to eliminate important gaps in existing information; determining the value of the information; synthesizing and organizing information to get a better understanding of a problem
Knowledge of basic training methods and techniques
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
Ability to supervise others
Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), e-mail, and internet
Meticulously keeping track of details without becoming overwhelmed by them; being exacting, precise, and accurate; spotting minor imperfections or errors and taking action to correct them
Strong organizational and project management skills to handle projects independently.
Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Analytical ability sufficient to evaluate data, make judgments and recommendations
Mathematical ability sufficient to perform complex calculations
Ability to independently work through details of a problem to reach a positive solution
Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center