Job Description

*National Jewish Health - Main Campus · Biomedical Research
Denver, CO
Laboratory Research
Full Time (40 hours per week), Variable Shift, varies
Posted 08/23/2018
Req # 11698
Position Summary
Summary:
 
We are seeking a highly motivated laboratory researcher who is interested in helping to manage a complex mouse colony and assisting in vivo experiments. The successful candidate must be well-organized and communicate well with other lab members. Our lab is interested in understanding how the immune system works during normal immune function, autoimmunity, and leukemia.
 
The individual hired will be trained by and work with the supervisor and other lab members to support research studying how the immune response functions under normal conditions and in the disease state. Duties are varied and will require an understanding of mouse genetics and breeding, genotyping, and mouse models of disease. Experimental procedures include mouse handling, husbandry, genotyping, disease monitoring, and dissection of laboratory mice, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, flow cytometry, in vivo treatments, immune cell isolation, and data analysis.  Experiments will be performed in cooperation with the research supervisor or other lab members. Duties also include laboratory organization, database management, supervision of undergraduate lab assistants, maintenance of a clean and safe work environment, assisting with laboratory safety compliance and laboratory safety training; and performing other duties as assigned.
 
The ideal candidate will display:
  1. BA/BS in biological science program or experience with the basic techniques or methods
  2.  Ability to work independently and efficiently
  3.  Strong organizational skills
  4.  Excellent written and oral communication skills
  5.  Ability to learn new methods/techniques
  6.  Working knowledge of mouse handling, basic molecular biology techniques, mouse dissection, cell culture, and experience with immunology protocols are a plus. Training and supervision will be included at this level.
Essential Duties
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.
Other Duties & Responsibilities (Optional)
1. Performs all other duties as assigned.
Key Competencies
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.
7. Drive for Excellence: Consistently meets performance expectations, ensures that accurate, objective, and timely measures of quality are made and used.
8. 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
2 years of Laboratory Experience required or
A  Master’s Degree and 3 years or laboratory experience may be substituted for the required 2 years of work experience.
Special Training, Certification or Licensure
None

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