Laboratory Assistant

Detroit Zoo Royal Oak , MI 48067

Posted 1 week ago

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

Working Conditions

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.

Physical Requirements

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

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