This is a 100% limited appointment until July 2017. This may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.
The incumbent will manage all day-to-day activities in the Drosophila Species Stock Center with guidance from the PI. The incumbent will hire, train, and supervise up to eight undergraduate employees, and implement quality control protocols which involve knowledge of special maintenance procedures, identifying Drosophila to species, and accessioning and maintaining Drosophila stocks.
The incumbent will prepare Drosophila stocks for shipment, communicate with users to coordinate shipments and orders, interact with accounting and HR, and perform general administration and safety of Stock Center. Administrative and safety duties include ordering and maintaining lab supplies and equipment, providing work direction to student helpers, and ensuring lab personnel have safety equipment.
- Good eyesight (normal or corrected) and normal color vision to distinguish mutant Drosophila and markings to differentiate Drosophila species.
Demonstrated experience with molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR, DNA/RNA purification, gel electrophoresis).
Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience OR two (2) years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, or genetics and one (1) year of laboratory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience organizing, storing, and retrieving accurately large numbers of experimental samples, DNA and RNA preparations, fly stocks, chemicals and supplies, and computer files.
Demonstrated experience operating laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, balances, pH meters.
Experience and skill with Macintosh and PC word processing, filemaking, spreadsheet, and graphics software with ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.
Knowledge of general inventory and purchasing. Skill in maintaining steady levels of lab supplies. Ability to do standard and routine daily administrative and management tasks for research and upkeep of Stock Center.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Good communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds.
Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.
Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment. Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.