Dr. Lam’s laboratory is broadly interested in small molecule tool development along with the use of these tools and in vivo imaging to interrogate biological processes in health and disease. https://www.mcw.edu/departments/cell-biology-neurobiology-and-anatomy/people/pui-ying-penny-lam-phd. The lab is looking for a motivated Research Technologist to provide support for lab research. Under general direction from the PI, the successful candidate for this position will carry out experimental design for sponsored research projects, including compilation and analysis of data generated.
• Carry out routine and complex experiments.
• Monitor inventory and order lab supplies; carry out assigned duties for ordering, maintaining supply of inventory.
• Prepare media and maintain fish lines.
• Participate in meetings with principal investigator and research staff and evaluate/interpret the validity of data as needed.
• Oversee daily lab operation in the absence of the supervisor or Principle Investigator.
• Assist in development and implementation of research protocols.
• Record and compile accurate records and communicate summaries of experimental results.
• Help evaluate, interpret, and assess experimental data and quality control of assays.
• Operate, calibrate and perform routine maintenance on specialized equipment used in research.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
Knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, documentation, and records management.
Data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills.
Department: Neuroscience Research Center
Reports to (Title): Assistant Professor
Direct Reports (Titles):
Collaborates with (Titles): Lab Personnel
Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis
Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s degree
Minimum Required Experience: 1 year
Preferred Education: Master in biology or related field
Preferred Experience: Zebrafish or confocal imaging experience is a plus
Field: Cell and molecular biology, immunology, neuroscience
Grade Name R9
Full-Time Equivalent 1.0
FLSA Status Non-exempt
FLSA Test Administrative
Workweek Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.
Job ID 326
Job Name Lab Support
Position Category Research Services (RS)
Complexity – some initiative and occasional judgment required
Impact – errors may cause minor damage; work requires regular attention to accuracy
Autonomy – performs work without constant supervision; expected results are specifically outlined
Communication – proactively provides information to others; ensures appropriate dissemination of information
Responsibility – assists others to ensure proper completion of work
Confidentiality – supervised when working with confidential information
Leadership – may provide periodic training or assistance to others
Work requires occasionally lifting moderate weight materials, standing, or walking continuously.
Little or no exposure to hazards such as dust, fumes, or extreme temperatures, airborne or blood borne pathogens, extreme temperatures, or allergens.
Ability to detect and translate speech or other communication required. May occasionally require the ability to distinguish colors and perceive relative distances between objects.
Occasional exposure to dust, noise, temperature changes, or contact with water or other liquids. Work is performed in an environmentally controlled environment.
Exhibit confidentiality, honesty, and actions that build trust and strengthen relationships. Listen to others and effectively communicate in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication. Demonstrate respect and commitment to the values of diversity and equity; seek out and incorporate diverse perspectives into decision making.
Excellence and Creativity
Exhibit initiative and ingenuity by taking ownership of tasks to proactively improve services, avoid problems, or develop opportunities. Generate novel and valuable ideas to impact institutional missions.
Identify and implement new methods to increase efficiency and quality.
Education and Development
Displays an ongoing commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement in one’s area of responsibility. Actively seek out mentorship and learning opportunities that can be applied to current and future work activities. Develop and maintain professional affiliations. Participate in design, development, and/or evaluation of instructional materials, methods, courses, or programs.
Agility and Judgment
Remain flexible and versatile in rapidly changing environment and adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Change behavioral style or method of approach when necessary to achieve a goal. Make timely and sound decisions based on analysis of information, experience, and logic. Show reliability and accountability in the successful completion of all work.
Stewardship and Institutional Citizenship
Support transformational change to achieve institutional vision and strategies. Be an active and thoughtful participant in institutional initiatives, meetings, and committee work. Conserve resources and use in an efficient and cost effective manner across all institutional missions. Look for ways to improve and promote quality within area of influence.
Employment in this position may be contingent upon successfully completing a background and criminal history check, caregiver background check in accordance with the Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check
Law, physical examination, and / or driving record check.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Medical College of Wisconsin is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Medical College of Wisconsin defines diversity as a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of individual differences in an environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement. The diversity of MCW continues to be an important source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments.
Employees that have access to MCW, affiliate, subsidiary, or student data or Protected Health Information
(PI), or research protected information are obligated to protect the confidentiality and proper use and access of this information in order to prevent loss, misuse, unauthorized access, unnecessary identification, or security breaches.
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