Assist Biology Department faculty members and students by managing and setting up teaching laboratories for specified biology laboratory courses. Each semester this role typically supports four specified upper-level courses, each with two lab sections; the number and character of lab courses supported in a semester may vary depending on department offerings, needs, and curricular changes but currently includes a rotation of upper-level genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, and neuroscience courses. This role also includes assistance with procuring and ordering laboratory supplies, organizing and maintaining laboratory equipment and materials, assisting faculty members with laboratory course development, collaborating with staff and faculty members in the sciences, and occasionally assisting with student projects and/or lab sessions.
Lab course logistics and execution (75% of time)
Organizing material needs for lab sessions in assigned courses, including but not restricted to:
Communicating effectively with faculty members teaching lab sessions
Ensuring all supplies, materials, and equipment are ordered, prepared, and organized for lab sessions in a safe and timely fashion
Setting up all equipment, materials, and supplies in advance of lab sessions
Facilitating safe learning environments and appropriate waste disposal
Preparing all materials needed for lab sessions (making solutions, aliquoting reagents, organizing supplies, coordinating animals, etc.)
Keeping accurate and helpful notes regarding lab setups, recipes, best practices, refinements, etc. in lab prep manuals in accessible paper and/or electronic versions
Assisting faculty members and/or students during scheduled lab sessions as needed
Supporting course-related student research projects as needed
Cleaning up and breaking down materials, supplies, and equipment after lab sessions in a timely fashion
Collaboration within and beyond Biology (10% time)
Collaborating effectively with science staff and faculty members including but not restricted to:
Working with the campus Environmental Health & Safety Manager to support safe learning environments
Working with the Science Instrumentation Specialist to maintain and repair lab equipment
Working with Animal Care staff to support safe and humane practices
Working with the Biology Assistant to support accurate records and budgets
Working with staff members in other science departments to establish best practices, enhance efficiencies, ensure safety, share knowledge, etc.
Working with the Biology chair and faculty members to enhance student learning
Lab course development (7.5% time)
Assisting faculty members in developing, refining, and/or piloting new or existing lab exercises for current and/or future Biology lab courses
Supporting Biology teaching and research broadly (7.5% time)
Ordering and organizing supplies for Biology teaching and research, securing best prices from vendors
Managing shared instrumentation and prep spaces
Arrange for proper disposal of wastes
Contributing to annual equipment and/or chemical inventories
Consulting on research and/or curricular questions, initiatives, and priorities
Participating in Biology meetings, planning, committees, etc.
Other duties indicated by the Biology chair
Bachelor’s degree in biology or the life sciences, chemistry, science education or a related field and at least two years of experience in laboratory science and/or science education role.
Master’s degree in biology or the life sciences, chemistry, science education or a related field and three or more years of experience in laboratory science and/or science education role.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
This position is responsible for assisting Biology faculty members with managing and setting up laboratory sessions for upper-level Biology courses such as (but not limited to): genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, immunology, physiology, etc.. The responsibilities will typically include four different courses with two lab sections each per semester, though there may be more or fewer courses depending on course offerings. Additional duties include organizing equipment and materials, assisting in developing methods and piloting procedures, as well as occasionally assisting with student projects as needed. Opportunities for professional development may be available.
This is a full-time position for ten months of the year (two summer months off).
Anticipated start date: 01 August 2017.
Apply by June 29, 2017, for fullest consideration.
Candidates should submit a resume/CV and a cover letter addressing their specific experience, skills, and interests relevant to this position. Apply online at http://employment.davidson.edu.
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