The Neuroscience Laboratory Specialist plays an integral role in the success of laboratory courses offered by the Neuroscience Department. The Lab Specialist is responsible for the “lab prep” for all NEUR lab courses each semester. “Lab prep” consists of preparing and setting up all materials, reagents, solutions, computers, and equipment for each lab session in a particular course. This includes ordering equipment and supplies as well as keeping a detailed procedures notebook for each course.
The Lab Specialist works in collaboration with the Lab Instructor(s) assigned to the course, but work is carried out independently with little ongoing supervision. Lab Specialists regularly use independent judgment to modify approaches to specific laboratory exercises either to solve problems or as required by the instructors.
The level of scientific knowledge and technical expertise required varies with the level of the course. For example, prepping a 300 level course usually requires specialized knowledge of the subject matter and lab techniques (e.g. electrophysiology, Western blotting, histology). Often the Lab Specialist will be present during the lab session and assist the Instructor or the students as needed.
Lab Specialists also train, supervise, and informally mentor work-study students who assist in the above activities.
- Preparing and setting up all materials, reagents, solutions, computers, and equipment for each lab session in all neuroscience courses each semester
- Ordering equipment and supplies within established budgets for assigned courses each semester
- Maintaining equipment
- Writing and maintaining up to date laboratory procedure manuals for assigned courses
- Being available to assist the ISL during the course of each lab in the event of technical difficulties
- Handling of animals (e.g., rodents, crayfish, C. elegans) with comfort
- Training and supervising neuroscience work-study students
- Helping to monitor proper storage and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials as directed by the Safety Officer
- Assisting with purchasing of equipment and reagents
- Hires and Supervises work study students who assist in lab preparation
- BA/BS in biology, chemistry or neuroscience or related fields. 3-5 years of laboratory experience in related fields
Skills and Abilities:
- Laboratory skills required for accurate, consistent preparation of all lab materials and equipment required for all assigned lab sections
- Knowledge of biological and chemical methodologies, principles and procedures
- Knowledge of the use and maintenance of specialized laboratory equipment and/or facilities
- Ability to effectively supervise undergraduate work study student assistants
- Writing skills required for maintaining lab procedural manuals
- Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and the ability to master course-specific applications
- Attentive to detail in all duties
- Ability to handle multiple priorities, to respond effectively to change and to take initiative in solving problems
- Knowledge of the use of live animals in laboratory procedures
- This is a full time, 35 hours per week, Academic year (39 weeks) position
- Benefits Eligible