Research Flow Cytometry Core - Senior Research Assistant



DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Primary Investigator

TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Varies

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To oversee experimental design, research performance, and day-to-day laboratory operations for the Research Flow Cytometry Core. To train and oversee the work of other laboratory personnel in technical and laboratory procedures. To plan and execute complex laboratory research, to make accurate observations and record test results, to analyze data, and to develop new methods. To assist in the planning, design, measurement, assessment, and improvement of laboratory services.

Responsibilities
·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).
·Supervise & assist lab personnel in technical procedures
Propose and design projects for rotating graduate and undergraduate laboratory students. Train postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and laboratory personnel and others on procedures performed in the laboratory and in laboratory techniques. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Present information on research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journal clubs, and seminars. Set up and maintain laboratory website.
·Leadership
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.
·Design & perform experiments and record data
Follow research protocols. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research and improve techniques currently used. Answer scientific questions posed by supervisory faculty. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Analyze data, perform statistical and graphical analysis of data, and interpret results. Author material for reports, publications, journal articles, and abstracts
·Develop, set up and verify new procedures
Innovate and adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Standardize and establish new published procedures. Evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and new protocols; design formats. Discuss relevant insights about experimental results with primary investigator and provide useful recommendations and analysis. Develops new & critical technology for the laboratory's progress.
·Lab Administration
Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repair equipment; monitor proper use by personnel. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment; order supplies from vendors and storeroom. Maintain stocks of chemicals and solutions. Purchase and ensure proper handling and care of laboratory animals. Assist in preparing, writing, and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests. Prepare, approve, and initiate check requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance, and resolve any discrepancies. Provides appropriate compliance checks as assigned and may be responsible for all internal laboratory record keeping with respect to compliance.

Skills & Competencies
·Communication - Intermediate
Good verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
·Creativity
Considering multiple perspectives or challenging traditional assumptions; formulating unusual, clever ideas or developing new insights; astutely identifying new ideas that will improve organizational functions, products, or services
·Information Analysis
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
·Training - Basic
Knowledge of basic training methods and techniques
·Diversity Appreciation
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
·Supervision
Ability to supervise others
·Computer Proficiency
Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), e-mail, and internet
·Detail Orientation
Meticulously keeping track of details without becoming overwhelmed by them; being exacting, precise, and accurate; spotting minor imperfections or errors and taking action to correct them
·Organization
Strong organizational and project management skills to handle projects independently.
·Time Management
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
·Math Skills - Advanced
Mathematical ability sufficient to perform complex calculations
·Problem Solving
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

Required:
·Bachelor's Degree in a related field
·4 years of experience at a Research Assistant IV level OR equivalent experience

Preferred:
·Master's Degree in a related field OR PhD in a related field OR Equivalent combination of education and experience