The research laboratories of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) perform a diverse range of laboratory procedures and techniques aimed at the study of objects in Yale's cultural heritage and natural history collections as well and the study of changes that materials in these objects undergo as part of aging and degradation processes. The IPCH also houses the Conservation Laboratory and the Digitization Laboratory, which provide infrastructure and equipment to Yale's collections and researchers pursuing the examination, documentation and conservation treatment of object.
The Laboratory Assistant supports the operations of the research laboratories of the Institute for the Preservation Cultural Heritage by preparing samples and performing instrumental analysis and testing. The Laboratory Assistant also provides support to the research laboratories as well as the multi-user Conservation Laboratory and Digitization Laboratories by managing routine operations of laboratory facilities and work areas.The Laboratory Assistant will prepare samples of reference materials and of materials used in experimental research. Using a variety of analytical and imaging techniques, the Laboratory Assistant will make measurements on these samples, and may also assist in the analysis of objects from Yale's collections. The Laboratory Assistant contributes to creating, maintaining and updating the inventory of samples and chemicals in the research laboratories, places orders for laboratory supplies, and helps keep the IPCH project database up-to-date. The Laboratory Assistant may instruct students on appropriate laboratory techniques and equipment use and contribute to creating and updating instructional materials for instruments used by students and visiting researchers.
In addition to this research support, the Laboratory Assistant has responsibility for operational management of laboratory facilities and work areas. Duties include: Inspecting all labs for physical plant or safety issues (leaks, pests, lighting failures, etc.) and notifying laboratory PIs, administrative assistants, or Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) as appropriate; monitoring temperature and relative humidity in the Conservation Lab and other critical areas using climate logger devices; arranging for laboratory waste pickup from laboratories as needed; arranging for access for and supervising Facilities and EH&S staff, outside contractors, and personnel performing equipment maintenance and repair; submitting Facilities Work Order requests in coordination with laboratory PIs and following up regarding completion of requests; facilitating access to EH&S personnel to allow inspections. Finally, the Laboratory Assistant will assist with scheduling of users for shared spaces and lab resources and assists with logistics and escorting of visitors and tours to the laboratories and perform other tasks as needed.
Posting Position Title: Laboratory Assistant 3
University Job Title: Lab Assistant
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Required Skill/ability 1: Proven ability working in a laboratory setting and handling of and proper disposal of hazardous materials. Demonstrated ability with measuring reagents and preparing solutions, including ability to do small volume transfers (using pipettors).
Required Skill/ability 2: Demonstrated ability with operating analytical instrumentation including software that controls instrumentation.
Required Skill/ability 3: Proven ability with one or more of the following techniques: polarized light microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, gas chromatography – mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible light spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis.
Required Skill/ability 4: Ability to record, examine, analyze and compile data from measurements or experiments. Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and good organizational and time management skills.
Required Skill/ability 5: Fluency with Microsoft Office suite components: Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Good oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Bachelor's degree in physical sciences preferably Chemistry including completion of laboratory courses. Experience conducting online literature search, knowledge of Google Scholar and other citation index websites. Experience working with Endnote and FileMaker Pro, Access or other database software.
Required Licenses Or Certifications:
Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
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