We are currently seeking a part-time Laboratory Assistant. The chosen candidate will work between 16-20 hours a week.
The Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics (CZAAWE) Laboratory Assistant assists in the maintenance of the endocrinology lab and the execution of scientific activities therein, thereby supporting the Manager of Applied Animal Welfare Science and Director of Animal Welfare in achieving the goals of CZAAWE.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Performs hormone extractions, enzyme-immunoassays and other colorimetric assays, DNA extraction protocols, and other analytical procedures as assigned
Maintains exemplary standards of chemical hygiene and laboratory safety practices
Organizes and maintains logs of biological samples in Excel
Assists with sample processing and weighing as needed
Maintains stocks of buffers and other chemical reagents, and assists with plate coating
Organizes and maintains inventory of lab supplies
Washes lab dishes and performs other laboratory cleaning tasks
Assists with maintenance of laboratory equipment
Assists with assay calculations, data entry and analysis in Gen5 and Excel
Assists with summarizing results and sharing them with internal audiences
Assists with literature reviews as needed
Assists in development of laboratory protocols and other standard operating procedures
Works with lab volunteers as needed
The CZAAWE Laboratory Assistant will typically work only on weekdays, but some weekend hours may occur. Work may take place in the early morning or late afternoon hours. Work will occur indoors and will include exposure to flammable and corrosive agents, endocrine agents, biological samples, and other (bio)hazardous materials. This position does not have direct contact with animals. This position is part-time, 16-20 hours per week.
The CZAAWE Laboratory Assistant must be able to perform all principal duties satisfactorily. S/He must be able to perform moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping, lifting, and standing for an extended period of time. S/He must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and perform repetitive fine motor tasks. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biological sciences or a related field
Experience performing laboratory procedures obtained outside of a classroom setting
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency in searching for and critically reading scientific literature
Strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities
Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel
High personal motivation, self-management, and attention to detail
Knowledge of and commitment to common laboratory safety practices
Proficiency in the use micropipettes
Experience operating lab equipment such as a lyophilizer, analytical balance, centrifuge, etc.
Experience performing enzyme-immunoassays is a plus
A passion for using scientific principles to promote and advance animal welfare