Lab Administration Research Technician - Mougous Lab

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: University Place, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

Primary Work Address: Health Science Building, Seattle, WA, 98195-7370


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We are currently looking for a Lab Administration Research Technician to support the research of Dr. Joseph Mougous’ laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. This individual will perform assorted laboratory duties and work collaboratively with a dynamic, interactive, fast-paced team situated in a brand-new open lab space environment. The Mougous lab primarily investigates the mechanisms bacteria employ for interbacterial competition. In this work, they employ a wide array of techniques including bacterial genetics, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fluorescence microscopy, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics. More information about the Mougous lab can be found here: http://faculty.washington.edu/mougous/

This position sits at the intersection of science and administration – we are targeting candidates with a proficiency and passion for lab administration, as well as an interest and background in benchwork. This role will provide the opportunity to have a direct impact on the science being conducted in the lab, through careful and detailed management of lab resources and a keen eye for process improvement.

We are ideally targeting candidates that are seeking a long-term, stable position who are passionate about day-to-day operations of the lab and interested in microbiology research. This role is a pivotal part of an exciting, friendly, and fast-paced lab; composed of a fun and diverse mix of college students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and research staff. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a highly collaborative, groundbreaking research team with the opportunity to co-author publications if desired.

Principal Responsibilities:

Lab Operations – 70%

  • Lead the day-to-day activities and organization within the laboratory’s location at the University of Washington, including effective operation of equipment, inventory management, and assisting with requisitioning for all members of the lab.

  • Maintain and implement compliance with all safety policies and regulations including, biohazard management, annual Environmental Health & Safety Inspection, and serving as the Biosafety and Fire Safety Coordinator for the lab.

  • Act as primary resource for a variety of lab relationships, including coordinating equipment maintenance and repair with outside vendors, and serving as the lab emergency point of contact.

  • Facilitate distribution of requested materials such plasmids to collaborators and outside scientists and assist with MTAs.

  • Perform routine equipment maintenance, including on centrifuges, incubators, and imagers, and scheduling preventative maintenance with the manufacturer on FPLC, freezers, and other large equipment.

  • Run lab schedules and help organize visits by post-doc candidates.

  • Maintain and update laboratory website.

Research – 30%

  • Perform molecular biology experiments in close collaboration with the PI, a post-doctoral fellow or graduate student, with the opportunity of acquiring an independent project over time.

  • Perform bench level experiments such as molecular cloning and high throughput sequencing.

  • Supervise and maintain lab stocks of chemicals and common reagents.

  • Work efficiently and cooperatively with a team of scientists and proactively support all aspects of our lab’s research.

  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Bioengineering, or related field.

  • Prior research experience molecular and/or microbiology.

  • Expertise with molecular cloning is a strong plus.

  • Experience handling lab administrative matters preferred.

  • Strong writing and computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with the G-Suite and Microsoft Office applications.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to use good judgment in managing deadlines and responding to inquiries.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

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