DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Primary Investigator
TITLES SUPERVISED: N/A
TOTAL NUMBER OF FTE's DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: 0
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The RAII candidate will work under the direct supervision of the PI and other experienced members of the laboratory and will be responsible for general management of the laboratory including but not limited to ordering supplies, maintaining laboratory equipment/space, contacting vendors, assisting postdoctoral and/or clinical fellows, managing mouse colonies, performing experiments as required per the project/s, etc. The candidate is expected to learn routine techniques performed in the laboratory including conventional and real-time PCRs, Flow cytometry, genotyping, Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence, Microtome and Cryostat-based sectionings, etc. In addition, the candidate will also learn various biochemical and standard molecular biology techniques and will assist others in performing the experiments.
·Perform Experiments and Record Data
Follow research protocol. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Analyze data; perform statistical and graphical analysis of data. Design and execute daily laboratory experiments in coordination with senior laboratory personnel. Reproduces and evaluates techniques and results for accuracy. Apply standard protocols to specific experiments, research and improve current methods, and evaluate innovative techniques. Assists in training students and new/junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and equipment operation.
Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Reproduces and evaluates techniques and results for accuracy. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintain cell cultures. Operate standard laboratory equipment. Use and maintains laboratory equipment appropriately. Responds to obviously erroneous results or problems with equipment. Assists in daily operations of the laboratory including answering phone, maintaining lab supplies, organization, and cleanliness.. Provides appropriate safety monitoring checks as assigned (radiation safety, biosafety, etc.).
·Customer Service - Relationship Management
Maintain/manage strong working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other key stakeholders. Respond to requests quickly and effectively. Identify and understand customer needs and expectations and meets them. Communicate any relevant information to clients, colleagues, and other key stakeholders.
·Serve as a Resource I
Demonstrate competence in specific knowledge, skills and behaviors. Effectively communicate with team members and contribute to their growth by sharing knowledge, experience, and skills. Stay abreast of changes in key systems. Serve as a resource to the department in specific area(s).
Skills & Competencies
Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
·Follow Instructions - Adv
Ability to follow complex written and verbal instructions
·Scientific Terminology - Adv
Advanced knowledge of scientific terminology
Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), e-mail, and internet
Pursuing work with little supervision or assistance; directing one's own efforts. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Strong organizational and project management skills to handle projects independently.
Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Strong analytical skills with the ability to make judgments and recommendations based on statistical analysis
·Statistics - Intermediate
Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and graphical data display
Ability to independently work through details of a problem to reach a positive solution
Ability to operate necessary laboratory instruments and equipment
·Research Methods - Basic
Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues
Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
·Bachelor's Degree in a related field OR
·Associate's Degree in a specialized scientific discipline AND 2 years related experience OR
·High School Graduate OR Equivalent AND 4 years related experience OR
·The prior or current Principal Investigator can document extraordinary contributions that demonstrates an equivalent level of expertise
·Research laboratory experience with exposure to laboratory procedures, likely including instrumentation, tissue culture, and animal handling Preferred:
The suitable candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Science/Biology with relevant laboratory/animal handling experience. The candidate is also expected to demonstrate some degree of knowledge in a research laboratory setting and/or veterinary techniques.
·Undergraduate research experience