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Laboratory Specialist sets up and breaks down laboratory experiments for general microbiology classes and assists in the same for the advanced microbiology classes. This position is responsible for preparing media, solutions and reagents used in the microbiology teaching laboratories, assisting the laboratory manager and the laboratory coordinator with equipment maintenance as needed, and assisting graduate teaching assistants during class time and/or faculty instructors as requested.
- Working knowledge of common laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, balances, pH meters, microscopes and spectrophotometers. - Experience using laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, balances, pH meters, microscopes and spectrophotometers in the preparation of the types of media, reagents, and solutions that are used in the microbiology teaching laboratories. - Experience and knowledge of microbiological laboratory principles, procedures, techniques, and safety regulations. - Must be able to work independently with limited instruction, and within a team. - Excellent communication skills and the ability to accurately and concisely provide direction to the graduate and undergraduate students who use the teaching laboratory facilities and classrooms.
- Bachelor of Science degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related discipline. - Experience working in teaching labs.
Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
Percent Employment: Part-time
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