National Jewish Health is currently seeking a Lab Research Technician to join the dynamic laboratory team of microbiologist, Jennifer Honda, PhD. The Honda lab is dedicated to learning more about the environmental, host, and microbial factors driving the emergence and pathogenesis of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease. A major focus of the lab aims to understand these factors in Hawaii (a geographic hot spot of disease). Currently, NTM isolated from the environment and patients with NTM lung disease in Hawaii are used to study why certain species of NTM are able to cause human infection while others do not. Studying the host-pathogen interactions in the context of this disease will help uncover targets with the potential to alleviate disease burden.
The ideal candidate must be first and foremost - detailed oriented, enthusiastic, and work with minimal supervision to help create a world-class research lab. Equally, the candidate must be able to multi-task and balance multiple projects, show excellent written and verbal communication skills, and should have an academic background in any of the following areas: biology, microbial ecology, microbiology, immunology, or similar. Knowledge of the biology, local populous, and ecology of the Hawaiian Islands is highly desirable.
The ideal candidate is responsible, a dedicated team player, who will perform routine laboratory tests under the direction of Dr. Honda. In addition, the candidate should: (1) Demonstrate the ability to understand oral and written documentation, write lab reports, understand and implement lab procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of situations; (2) Show functional knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in DNA/protein/lipid extraction protocols and analyses, bacteriology, gel electrophoresis, sequencing, microscopy, molecular detection, in vitro and in vivo assays - demonstrated by knowledge, understanding and ability to apply concepts, terminology; (3) Be personable and demonstrate the ability to recognize problems, troubleshoot, and resolve typical laboratory issues; and (4) Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members and individuals.
This individual will also be:
- An avid learner of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM),
- Experienced in the mastery of aseptic techniques, microbial culture, and basic microbiological techniques,
- Prepare glassware, culture media, and other laboratory support activities,
- Skilled in computer-based data analyses and be expected to contribute to manuscript preparation, grant applications, and presentations,
- Able to conduct some administrative work related to health and safety standards and be trained in standard operating procedures and safety,
- Able to shift between independent work and work within a team of enthusiastic NTM researchers.
1. Performs routine laboratory tests under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Lab Manager.
2. Collects, accurately records and analyzes data in conjunction with other research staff.
3. Obtains and maintains minimum proficiency in data analysis, preparation of glassware, extraction and plating procedures, basic programming and mathematical ordering systems. May utilize computer.
4. Maintains compliance with all institutional/safety training requirements.
5. Maintains laboratory records, supplies and samples in an organized manner (such as a laboratory notebook and sample storage record).
1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures.
7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.
Other Duties & Responsibilities (Optional)
1. Performs all other duties as assigned
1. Laboratory Knowledge: Demonstrates and understands laboratory testing and methodology.
2. Decision Quality: Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement. Sought out by others for advice and solutions.
3. Adaptability: Maintains effectiveness in the midst of change in work responsibilities or environment, requirements ambiguity, or stress.
4. Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.
5. Informing/Communicating: Conveys ideas, responses, or instructions effectively, appropriately, and persuasively through writing or speech.
6. Professional Relationships: Interacts with others in a constructive, positive, and respectful manner, regardless of individual differences. Assists team members or co-workers in achieving personal goals and completing assignments.
BS /BA degree, a demonstrated basic knowledge of laboratory procedures, laboratory equipment, and data collection /classification required