Lab Coordinator II, Experimental Investigative Biology Laboratories
Job no: 496521
Work type: Staff
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time
PAY GRADE: 30E
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
The Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the lab components and/or delivery of the Experimental Investigative Biology Laboratories, and as necessary, other assigned biology courses, including other biology laboratories. The upper-level experimental laboratory courses required for biology majors are offered throughout the year. The Laboratory Coordinator assists faculty in design and delivery of these labs to be high quality educational experiences in investigative research in biological science and ensures their smooth implementation and operation so that their potential quality is realized. The Coordinator works directly with faculty to set policies and develop individual lab syllabi for the various experimental laboratory courses (6-8 separate courses; about 20 sections over Fall and Spring) in specialized subject areas including but not limited to field ecology, cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, molecular genetics, and physiology. The Coordinator assists faculty in management of equipment, supplies and laboratory set-up for the courses and assists with direction of graduate and/or undergraduate student teaching assistants as necessary. In the interest of continually improving the educational quality of these courses, the Coordinator assists faculty in conducting assessment of student learning for the labs that he/she is responsible for, including tracking student course evaluations. The Lab Coordinator II reports to the Associate Chair.
- Coordinates and manages the availability of equipment, supplies and timely operations of the experimental laboratory courses - with specific responsibilities tailored for each of the courses. Interacts directly with faculty.
- Frequently provides academic lab instruction under the supervision of faculty, as required.
- Works with faculty to design and write the assigned course(s) lab syllabus, taking into account availability of equipment and facilities, and in coordination with concurrent laboratory courses.
- Designs and develops innovative methods, techniques, and equipment to meet instructional objectives.
- Assists faculty in supervision, instruction, and monitoring of graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) for the courses, and other lab personnel as warranted.
- Assists faculty and student TAs to obtain and maintain biological specimens (e.g., microbiological specimens, cells and tissues, histological specimens, plant and animal specimens) for academic laboratory set-ups and supplemental displays.
- Assesses equipment and supply needs of all courses and orders items as needed before the start of classes.
- Maintains and controls inventories. Provides record keeping for inventory, storage, and maintenance of chemicals, media, lab instrumentation, equipment.
- Ensures ongoing maintenance contracts for equipment are current and renewed as necessary; packages and ships small equipment out for service and/or repair, or arranges for repair on site, as warranted.
- Responsible for the set up/break down and maintenance of the assigned course labs along with maintaining lab rooms for courses.
- Works with laboratory coordinators for other biology courses to ensure smooth transitions and operational efficiencies.”
- Assists faculty and student TAs with routine technical preparative work (e.g., making media and chemical solutions, pouring sterile agar plates, etc.), and providing autoclaving for both sterile equipment and biohazardous waste.
- Serves on laboratory safety committee, implementing safe lab practices in both the prep room and the academic laboratories.
- Conducts safety inspections, provides general lab safety training and is responsible for the department’s injury report forms.
- Responds to student inquiries.
- Assists faculty with instruction, supervision, and evaluation of students enrolled in BISC422, Teaching Experience, about 15 students/semester, as required.
- Assists faculty in designing and conducting assessment activities for Experimental Investigative Biology labs and course learning outcomes.
- Assists faculty in tracking student lab and course evaluations, and in implementing modifications to labs based on evaluations and outcomes of assessments.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, in biology or other related field with four years of experience.
- Demonstrated experience in hands-on laboratory research and teaching along with a broad knowledge of biology is necessary to be successful in this position.
- Technical knowledge and hands-on skills in basic chemistry and biology techniques, operation/maintenance of equipment, various sterilization techniques,
- Technical skills and understanding of basic molecular biology and cell biology techniques (e.g., PCR, centrifugation, gel electrophoresis) as well as preparation and culturing of biological specimens (e.g., microbiological specimens, cells and tissues, histological specimens, plant and animal specimens, etc.)
- Ability to write clear and precise lab manuals, protocols and general lab instructions.
- Time management skills.
- Supervisory experience preferred.
- Proficient computer skills for generating documents for budgetary records and experience with teaching laboratory software preferred.
- Knowledge of Environmental Health and Safety procedures.
- Ability to make independent decisions and judgements.
- Knowledge of instructional methods preferred.
- Familiarity with use of appropriate lab supplies, tools and equipment.
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to work effectively with faculty members, laboratory staff, graduate student teaching assistants and undergraduate students.
- Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
- With or without assistance, must be able to routinely lift up to 50 pounds.
- Requires dexterity in handling delicate and hazardous materials.
- Must be the able to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory reagents.
- May require a valid vehicle operator’s license and be able to work evening, weekend and holidays.
- In certain units, employment is dependent upon passing a University-specified medical evaluation related to the use of respiratory protection equipment.
- Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.
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