Job Description


National Jewish Health/*National Jewish Health - Main Campus/Medicine - Pulmonary Division

Denver, CO

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Work Hours: 8-5

9/5/2019

Req # 12676

The Bridges lab has recently joined National Jewish Health and is seeking a highly motivated Lab Researcher to join their team.  Our lab investigates pulmonary surfactant disorders and childhood interstitial lung disease using both in vivo animal models and in vitro tissue culture of lung cells from mice and from patient donors.
 
Current projects in the laboratory require knowledge of molecular biology techniques, including the ability to perform Western blotting, PCR-related techniques, fluorescence microscopy, and flow cytometry, as well as extensive tissue culture experience, including working with primary cells, transfection, and utilizing complex culturing systems.
 
Ideal candidates should possess a BA or BS in the biological sciences, with a MS and significant previous laboratory experience preferred

This position can be filled as a Lab Researcher Technician or a Lab Researcher based on education and years of experience.

Position Summary:

Lab Researcher Technician: 

The position performs as an entry level technician under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Laboratory Manager which may include assisting in collecting, tabulating and analyzing research data. 

Lab Researcher:

The position is responsible for planning, developing, executing and monitoring testing techniques and investigative procedures under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Lab Manager. 

Essential Duties: 

Lab Researcher Technician: 

  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).

Lab Researcher:

  1. Develops new techniques and investigative procedures, including scientific routines, computer programming techniques and data reporting techniques.
  2. Monitors quality control of routines, experiments, general laboratory activities and the use of research animals in the laboratory setting.
  3. Performs laboratory functions unique to the assigned laboratory.
  4. Provides general guidance to laboratory staff, including technicians, support and auxiliary staff.  Acts as a leader for laboratory programs and staff in assigned areas.
  5. Demonstrates enhanced proficiency in data analysis, preparation of glassware, extraction and plating procedures, programming and mathematical ordering systems.
  6. Prepares statistical tabulations, using a calculator or computer.
  7. Oversees supply functions, inventory control, equipment use and maintenance, and animal care and ordering, as needed.
  8. Maintains compliance with all institutional / safety training requirements.
  9. Maintains laboratory records, supplies, samples in an organized manner (such as a laboratory notebook and sample storage record).
  10. Acts a liaison to other department personnel, outside investigators, and vendors.
  11. Performs routine and non-routine tests leading to the successful completion of developed experiments.

Competencies:

Lab Researcher Technician: 

  • Laboratory Knowledge: Demonstrates and understands laboratory testing and methodology.
  • Decision Quality: Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement.   Sought out by others for advice and solutions.
  • Adaptability:  Maintains effectiveness in the midst of change in work responsibilities or environment, requirements ambiguity, or stress.
  • Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.
  • Informing/Communicating: Conveys ideas, responses, or instructions effectively, appropriately, and persuasively through writing or speech.
  • 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.

Lab Researcher (the above plus):

  • Drive for Excellence: Consistently meets performance expectations, ensures that accurate, objective, and timely measures of quality are made and used.
  • Innovation Management:  Identifies key trends, opportunities, and organizational capabilities that would bring competitive advantage to the organization.  Sees trends before others and integrates concepts in a unique way.

Core Values:

  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.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:

BS /BA Degree required

Work Experience:

Lab Researcher Technician: 

A demonstrated basic knowledge of laboratory procedures, laboratory equipment, and data collection /classification required.

Lab Researcher:

Two years of Laboratory Experience required or A Master’s Degree and laboratory experience may be substituted for the required two years of work experience.

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