DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Primary Investigator
TOTAL NUMBER OF FTE's INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Varies
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To plan and to independently execute specialized laboratory research for an assigned division(s)/department(s) of a Medical Center. To make accurate observations, to record test results, to analyze data, and to develop new methods. To guide the efforts of other laboratory personnel by explaining laboratory techniques and assisting in their experiments.
·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 II
Demonstrate advanced 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 an expert resource to the department, and/or hospital in specific area(s).
·Design and perform experiments and record data
Follow and formulate both existing and new research protocols. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques currently used. Analyze data, perform statistical and graphical analysis of data, and interpret results. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Assist in training postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and equipment. Contribute and write material for reports, publications, journal articles, and abstracts. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications.
·Develop, set-up, and verify new procedures in the lab
Standardize and establish new published procedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Participate in the development of new assays and testing of new protocols. Modify existing procedures as necessary to troubleshoot or make modifications based on changes in research design.
Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Provide Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) training according to regulations. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment. Operate laboratory apparatus and equipment. Assists in daily operations of the laboratory including answering phone, maintaining lab supplies, organization, and cleanliness. Provide appropriate oversight for all required compliance issues as requested by the Principal Investigator.
May act as a mentor to more junior staff, serve as the contact for resolution of complex issues, provide education, guidance and work direction. May provide input and feedback to managers on hiring decisions, professional development and performance management.
Skills & Competencies
Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail
Locating and gathering relevant information; recognizing and working to eliminate important gaps in existing information; determining the value of the information; synthesizing and organizing information to get a better understanding of a problem
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 (Word, Excel, Access), e-mail, and internet
Pursuing work with little supervision or assistance; directing one's own efforts
Possess strong organization skills and attention to detail
Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
·Analysis - Basic
Analytical ability sufficient to evaluate data, make judgments and recommendations
·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
·Research Methods - Basic
Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues
Effective verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
·Bachelor's Degree in a related field
·2 years experience at the Research Assistant III level OR equivalent experience Preferred:
·Master's Degree in a related field OR Equivalent combination of education and experience