This is technical Molecular Biology laboratory support work with scientific research projects in a laboratory setting. Work involves providing support for, and contributing to, research projects by: maintaining inventory supplies, overseeing lab cleanliness, conducting tests and experiments, and assisting with collecting and recording data for research and experimental purposes. Work primarily makes use of molecular biological, cell biological, and biochemical lab practices, including but not limited to immunoblotting, molecular cloning, DNA gel electrophoresis, cell culturing, and fluorescence microscopy. Experience with these techniques is an asset. Assignments and work evaluation will be received from the professor/grant administrator (Principal Investigator). Additional guidance is provided through University regulations for environmental safety. Supervision and monitoring may be exercised over students and staff working in the laboratory. *This position is scheduled to work 35 hours week between the hours of 9AM-5PM Mon.-Fri.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Monitors supplies and submits requisitions in keeping with budgetary guidelines.
Prepares experimental reagents and solutions to supervisor specifications.
Conducts experiments (see sample of techniques listed above) and records finding under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.
Collects data for research and experimental purposes following established research procedures.
Assists in statistical and comparative analysis of experimental data including use of appropriate computer software applications.
Reports findings by assisting in the development of written reports.
May conduct literature searches related to the research project.
Oversees cleaning of lab area.
May train and/or supervise student aides working in the laboratory.
Performs related duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
The successful candidate will possess a bachelor's degree in the particular field of study (i.e. biology or biochemistry) and previous related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the essential job functions. This may include but is not limited to: knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; ability to follow experimental procedures and to report results accurately; ability to keep inventory of materials and equipment, requisition supplies, and maintain purchasing documentation; ability to use laboratory materials and equipment properly so as to assure validity of results and preserve a safe working environment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students; ability and willingness to support the University Mission Statement; knowledge of proper procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals and materials; and knowledge of computer applications used to record, analyze, and report findings.
Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).
We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Duquesne University, a private, Catholic institution, prides itself on being mission-centered and mission-driven. Our employees contribute to our culture of academic excellence and our mission of serving God by serving students. In turn, they enjoy a supportive working environment that values individual talents, encourages teamwork and rewards accomplishments.
A nationally ranked top-tier unive...rsity, Duquesne has established a legacy of excellence in liberal and professional education. Our 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows our students to work closely with expert faculty. Duquesne has also won accolades and recognition among the nation’s top 20 small research schools for our research initiatives and faculty productivity.
Situated on a 50-acre campus within the city, Duquesne provides a small-town feel in an urban setting. The Pittsburgh region offers a variety of cultural, education and professional opportunities, as well as a safe and affordable lifestyle.
We strive to attract, recruit and retain a dynamic, diverse workforce. Our employees benefit from an array of campus resources that provide convenience and cost savings, including a variety of dining options, a full-service Starbucks, a retail bank and credit union, a fitness center and year-round wellness programs and onsite parking. Employees also may take advantage of the many educational, cultural and sporting events sponsored by the university.