Job Description

*National Jewish Health - Main Campus · Medicine - Pulmonary Division
Denver, CO
Laboratory Research
Full Time (40 hours per week), Day Shift, 800am - 500pm
Posted 03/21/2019
Req # 12101

National Jewish Health is currently seeking a Senior Laboratory Researcher to join Dr. Irina Petrache’s laboratory team. This role will:

  • Generate data for publications in the field of COPD and the effects of e-cigarette vapor on lung epithelial and endothelial cells both in vivo and in vitro tissue culture using lung cells derived from patient donors.  To analyze data and to generate figure for presentation and publication.
  • Help streamline the production of data in our cigarette smoking and e-cigarette smoking animal models and to spearhead our laboratory’s animal program, experiments, and colony maintenance. 
  • Must have animal handling experience and knowledge of animal colonies and transgenic models, CRISPR-CAS9.  Will oversee design and implementation of our animal experiments, protocols, and will supervise technicians who will assist in animal experiments.
  • Contribute to our team as a leader and supervisor of animal work and be a part of an exciting group studying the effects of cigarette and e-cigarette smoking on the development of disease.
Candidates with animal handling skills as well as molecular biology skills such as RTqPCR and western blotting, RNA and protein isolation from cells and tissues are highly encouraged to apply.
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Position Summary
The position independently performs all phases of experimental investigations and collaborates with the principal investigators in the progress of major research projects.  Acts as a technical advisor to laboratory technical, support and auxiliary staff.
Essential Duties
  1. Plans, develops, operates, records, collaborates and reports on research projects.
  2. Performs as the technical advisor on techniques involving complex analyses utilizing highly sophisticated techniques.  
  3. Provides guidance to laboratory staff, including technicians, support and auxiliary staff.  
  4. Plans, organizes and leads the work of Lab Researchers and Lab Technicians.
  5. Serves as the primary contact with the research staff for technical services on major techniques, recording devices and statistical procedures relative to the specifically assigned field.
  6. Reviews quality control of new of modified laboratory techniques which may affect any part of major projects.
  7. Performs routine and non-routine tests leading to the successful completion of developed experiments.
  8. Prepares statistical tabulations, using a calculator or computer.
  9. Demonstrates enhanced proficiency in data analysis, preparation of glassware, extraction and plating procedures, programming and mathematical ordering systems. 
  10. Oversees supply functions, inventory control, equipment use and maintenance, and animal care and ordering, as needed.
  11. Ensures laboratory and staff compliance with departmental, Institution and regulatory policies
  12. Maintains compliance with all institutional / safety training requirements.
  13. Maintains laboratory records, supplies, samples in an organized manner (such as a laboratory notebook and sample storage record).
Other Duties & Responsibilities
  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
5 years of Laboratory Experience required. A  Master’s Degree and 3 years or laboratory experience may be substituted for the required 5 years of work experience.
Special Training, Certification or Licensure
None

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