Lab Assistant II - Cancer Institute
The West Virginia University Flow Cytometry & Single Cell Core Facility is seeking candidates for a highly motivated Lab Assistantto assist the Director in the day to day operation of the facility. The expectation is that once trained, this individual will operate, manage and care for the instruments in the facility and assist users who come to the facility to use the instrumentation in it. Previous experience with flow cytometry is a plus.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Perform and interpret daily and monthly quality control on the core's instruments
- Perform routine maintenance on all the instruments in the facility
- Troubleshoot and make minor repairs when an instrument has an issue
- Assist users of the facility in using the core's instruments
- Operate the instruments in the facility
- Perform data analysis of flow cytometry data using FCS Express and FACS Diva software
- Assist the Director in the training of new users and the development of new applications for flow cytometry
- Assist with the publication of the facility's quarterly newsletter
- Be able to work independently with minimal supervision
Pay Grade: 10
- High school diploma or GED. Plus up to 18 months of education or training beyond high school or equivalent is required
OR a combination of education and experience.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology or related science field is preferred
- Six (6) months of experience working in a research laboratory; or an equivalent amount of experience and/or education
- Knowledge of and/or the ability to perform the following:
- a. Flow Cytometry
- b. Make basic buffers
- c. Sterile techniques
- Ability to modify and optimize research protocols as needed for the successful completion of the scientific experiment.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Skilled at using related laboratory equipment.
- Strong time management and work load skills.
- Knowledge of laboratory environment and appropriate procedures.
- Knowledge of the use and preparation of general laboratory reagents.
- Knowledge of laboratory and medical terminology.
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to maintain records and inventories.
- Ability to operate general laboratory equipment i.e. pH meter, scales, pipetmen, centrifuges, etc.
- Willingness and ability to learn new techniques or protocols and apply these in an appropriate manner.
- Good organizational and self-motivational skills.
- Ability to gather, understand and implement technical protocols from current literature.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to use tools including wrenches to perform assembly or standard mechanical repairs of laboratory equipment.
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