Position Summary Helps oversee the cellular & molecular teaching labs in the Department of Biology, and maintains an organized and effective teaching environment to provide effective learning opportunities for students in a wide variety of courses. Works closely with faculty members, the Chair and TAs to ensure the smooth operation of all courses; includes: coordinating the set-up and operation of laboratory exercises; developing and implementing effective pedagogy in the laboratory portion of the courses; and supervising the work of the teaching assistants and student workers in these areas. Helps oversee equipment in the labs as well as other selected equipment in the department. Abilty to maintain clear and open communication with members of the department, work independently, think creatively, and multitask are important skills needed for this position.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.
Duties and Responsibilities Prepare for weekly labs and help teach in upper division and graduate cell and molecular biology courses area. Duties on weekly basis include: help set up laboratories, and assure that all supplies, reagents, and equipment are prepared, ready, and available each week attend prep sessions and help the faculty instructors train the teaching assistants for the weekly lab sections, as needed be available to help oversee use of equipment during lab sections, including training students on the proper use as needed coordinate activities of all sections to ensure smooth transitions between courses
Help maintain fruit flies, zebrafish, bacterial and tissue cultures, etc. for labs, as needed. Help coordinate care of other animals (with vivarium manager), as needed.
Manage the cell and molecular labs and associated prep rooms, including maintaining inventories of all consumables and non-consumables. Keep all areas functional, clean and secure. Maintain all equipment located in these rooms and in other selected areas in the department. Work with other lab coordinators and departmental facilities staff to maintain all equipment, make service calls, and to make recommendations for purchase of small laboratory equipment, etc. Includes periodic review and renewal of maintenance/service contracts.
Help train students in research labs on proper use of equipment in the cell-molecular lab/prep room suite and in other selected areas in the department. Develop and maintain a user manual for the proper use of and trouble-shooting for equipment.
Work with other staff members to ensure safety is maintained in all teaching and research laboratories in the department. Includes, but is not limited to, helping maintain first aid kits and fire extinguishers in all of the labs and helping develop and update training sessions for lab safety.
Collect data and information needed by regulatory agencies; e.g. radioisotope surveys and chemical safety reports.
Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned, including serving as back-up for other lab coordinators and departmental facilities staff, as requested/needed.
Supervise any work/study students hired to help with the tasks above. Help provide oversight and assessment of graduate student performance in teaching.
MS in Biology or a Bachelors degree with equivalent experience.
1+ years Experience in teaching undergraduate biology laboratories or equivalent research laboratory experience.
Requires working collaboratively with faculty instructors, graduate assistants, other staff, and students; must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies. Must be able to work independently and trouble-shoot effectively.
Operative knowledge of all equipment and techniques used in basic cell and molecular laboratories, including (but not limited to) tissue culture work, use of autoclaves, incubators, centrifuges, plate readers/spectrophotometers, PCR, gel documentation systems, audio-visual equipment and variety of microscopes.
Background in cell and molecular biology and experience with lab equipment strongly preferred. Experience in teaching undergraduate biology laboratories or equivalent research laboratory experience strongly preferred. Excellent computer skills, experience with tissue culture and work with live animals preferred.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours
Some procedures require work with chemical toxins that include: ethidium bromide, mitomycin C, phenol, chloroform, acids, etc., pathogens (bacteria/viruses/parasites), animal dander, and radiation. Adherence to all federal and university safety guidelines is required.
Requires moving small equipment associated with courses. Numerous techniques require manual dexterity. Unusual hours at times, with willingness to respond to electronic alarms from equipment during off hours.
Special Message to Applicants Visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/biology.html for additional information about the department, including links to the departmental mission statements and descriptions of the courses offered. Review of applications will begin 10 July 2017 and will continue until filled. The starting date is expected to be 1 August and no later than 15 August. Applications must be submitted online and include: Cover Letter Resume/Curriculum Vitae Statement describing approach to teaching in general and your experiences in the areas of cellular and molecular biology Contact information for 3 references who will receive a secure email link to upload a confidential letter of recommendation when you submit your application.
Posting Date: 06/12/2017
Closing Date (12am ET):
Open Until Filled:
Salary Posting Information: Salary commensurate with experience
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.