Position Summary: Date Posted 11/07/2017 Open Until Filled No Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 01/06/2018 Working Title Laboratory Assistant Job Classification Research II Department Name 13207-Psychology Job Type Staff Position Number 0135837 Hiring Range $20,904.00 - $32,760.00 Position Description
The University of Pittsburgh's Psychology Department is seeking a qualified Laboratory Assistant. This position is 20 hours per week and will be in an immunology wet lab. The incumbent will perform bench work on research projects examining pathways between psychological factors, the immune system, and susceptibility to disease in humans.
The incumbent will be responsible for the processing and analysis of biomarkers from human blood and hair samples, with techniques including cell culture, ELISAs, and other immune assays. Duties include preparing samples for storage, setting up experiments/assays, recording results into study databases, and assisting with the maintenance of laboratory inventories and equipment.
The candidate should be independent, responsible, ensure a safe working environment, and maintain all regulations, such as OSHA. In addition, the candidate must have excellent organizational skills and pay special attention to detail. The individual must be able to work in a diverse, University environment. The candidate will be trained and supervised by a laboratory manager and faculty member.
NOTE: The hiring range is for full-time positions and will be prorated based on 53% effort.
Education Required Baccalaureate Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
The candidate must have at least one year of experience in a biological laboratory working with human samples. This experience is necessary to quickly and reliably learn the assays. Computer skills are a must, knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel preferable.
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check. Assignment Category Regular, Part-Time Percent Effort 53 Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours 20 Campus Pittsburgh University Benefits
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
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