GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Research Technician I assists investigators in the Center for Transplantation Sciences research laboratory under the direct supervision of the Laboratory and Administrative Manager. Primary responsibilities are to learn and perform experiments for research projects under supervision of the managers, senior research technologists, and investigators. This includes preparing non-human primate tissue samples for in-vitro analysis, collection of and accurate recording of procedures and results, maintenance of databases used in the lab, and participation in joint upkeep of the lab.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Carries out a wide range of basic and moderately to complex lab techniques such as, but not limited to, flow cytometry, histology, cell culture work, and in vitro cellular immune assays. Under direction of supervisor, modifies techniques as necessary to meet research and/or experimental needs.
- Collects and records study data. Synthesizes and interprets information obtained from graphs, charts, laboratory experiments, statistical summaries and other data collection methods in order to develop new investigative techniques and/or to determine the most appropriate direction of research. Synthesis may involve use of computer programs as well as data entry into databases.
- Organizes and accurately maintains written records of experimental procedures and data generated. Reports information to senior investigators and/or senior research personnel.
- Operates and maintains moderate to complex lab equipment such as spectrophotometer, scintillation center, ultra-centrifuges, flow cytometer, and other scientific equipment related to research activity.
- Participates in and may present data at weekly lab meetings and journal clubs and assists in preparation of research data for presentation or publication by others.
- Provides general maintenance of the laboratory including preparation of basic solutions and reagents
- Tracks laboratory supply inventory and alerts Manager when new supplies to be ordered
- Participates in the upkeep of the lab; this includes keeping both direct and general work spaces clean and tidy and helping maintain an overall safe and clean environment. May perform, or refer as needed, routine maintenance of lab and office equipment to include cleaning and replacing of parts. Report equipment malfunctions and needs to management.
- Learns new techniques as required for projects. Discusses any observed experimental conditions that may need to be modified with PI and/or Senior personnel
- Assists senior technicians and research managers with additional special projects, as needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in biology or other scientific discipline
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Must be self-motivated and able to work independently under close supervision
- Must possess good verbal, written, and organizational skills
- Proficiency in Word, Power point, Excel, and Internet searches preferred
- Must be reliable, pay attention to details and be capable of working independently to perform basic laboratory procedures
- Must have a basic understanding of the theory behind the tests and procedures
- Must work well as part of a team and be able to take direction from senior technical and administrative staff
- Is knowledgeable and compliant in all hospital, State and Federal regulatory requirements, including hospital policy and procedures (where applicable to the performance of the job), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Research laboratory with some flexibility in the work schedule. There will be intermittent need for overtime hours, based on work-flow and assigned by the Lab Manager. The laboratory is a fast paced environment, requiring the ability to establish and re-adjust priorities of assigned tasks to meet program needs.