Laboratory Coordinator

University of New England | Biddeford, ME

Posted Date 2/13/2020
Description

Will perform managerial and administrative duties in running the laboratory in addition to performing experiments as directed by the PI. Experiments will include both in vitro and in vivo studies involving animals (rodents) and infectious agents.

Responsibilities

  • Keep the laboratory clean, safe, organized, and functioning at all time:
    • Inventory and ordering laboratory supplies. Especially, maintaining an up-to-date list of all lab reagents (such as chemicals, antibodies, and PCR primers) and MSDS. Making sure the laboratory supplies are organized and properly labeled for receiving dates and intended use (e.g. surgery supplies) and checked for expiration dates.
    • Checking and maintaining all equipment in the lab to make sure all equipment are running optimally.
    • Maintaining mouse colonies through breeding. Keeping track on animal usage for each IACUC protocol. Maintaining an up-to-date IACUC protocol book.
    • Maintaining various cell lines and pathogen stocks.
    • Maintaining all laboratories protocols and make sure the protocol book is up-to-date.
    • Ensuring that the laboratory is compliant with safety and risk management. Managing lab waste disposal (including hazardous waste).
    • Overseeing proper training of all laboratory personnel in experimental procedures and ensuring all personnel complete all required training prior to participating any project.
    • Setting up/scheduling rooms for laboratory meetings and visiting speakers when necessary.
  • Perform experiments as directed by the PI:
    • Planning and Performing both in vivo and in vitro experiments.
    • Mastering common laboratory techniques identified by the PI.
    • Keeping clear and detailed experimental notes.
    • Analyzing and graphing data when needed.
    • Preparing poster and Powerpoint presentations when needed.
    • Assisting with manuscript and grant preparation.
  • Acting supervisor for PI’s purchase card. Maintaining receipts and all relevant documents.
  • Overseeing laboratory spending, monitoring laboratory budget and reporting to the PI regularly.
  • Understands and complies with MSDS and HAZCOM procedures and policies as part of UNE’s comprehensive OSHA compliance program.
  • Understands and complies with the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
  • Successfully completes DOT training with 90 days of the hire date.
  • Understands and complies with OSHA’s blood borne pathogen standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) and chapter 8 of the University of New England safety manual.
  • Understands and complies with OSHA’s requirements (29 CFR 1910) for personal protective equipment (PPE) as defined by the university’s chemical hygiene officers, the environmental health and safety coordinator (EHSC), the supervisor and chapter 17 of the University of New England safety manual.
  • Understands and complies with RCRA standards. Successfully completes initial training for hazardous waste handling within 90 days of the date of hire.
  • Successfully completes radiation safety training with 90 day of date of hire.
  • Completes University new employee orientation and sexual harassment training within 30 days of the date of hire.
  • Understands and complies with the University of New England Safety Manual.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised: Other laboratory personnel except the PI.

Qualifications

The applicant must have a Bachelor’s or a Master’s Degree in biological sciences (including but not limited to Biochemistry, Medical Biology, immunology, and microbiology), or related field. It is preferred that the applicant possesses 2-3 years of relevant experience in laboratory research, data collection, analysis and presentation. Additionally, the applicant must have experience training students, adhering to general biosafety practices, and performing administrative duties such as ordering laboratory supplies, maintaining records (invoices, training certificates, etc).

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