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WORKING TITLE
  • Lab technician
  • PERCENT OF FULL
     
  • 100
  • DEPARTMENT/PROJECT OVERVIEW
     
    POSITION OVERVIEW
     
  • Research technician in a developmental biology lab performing standard and recurring biochemistry and analytical chemistry techniques. Under technical supervision of project scientist and PI, will assist with research on proteomics and proteogenomics.

    Duties include but are not limited to: extract and digest proteins from various Maize tissue samples for nanoLC-MS/MS analysis, make micro-HPLC columns, prepare solvents for HPLC systems, maintain records of samples, backup mass spectrometry data, launch protein database search jobs, monitoring lab expenditures, assisting with standard & routine genetic, biochemistry and molecular biology procedures, maintenance and upkeep of the lab, preparation of buffers, generally assisting with lab organization, etc.
     
  • SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
     
  • Must be willing and able to work safely with hazardous materials. Occasional evening and weekend work as required by experimental protocols.
     
  • EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Name, Payroll Title, Job Description #, Status (career, casual, student), %Time
     
    EMPLOYEES SUPERVISED THROUGH OTHERS: Name, Payroll Title
     
    For use only by Department HR Contact
    IS BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED
  • No
  • IS C.O.I. DISCLOSURE REQUIRED
     
  • No
  • IS PRE-PLACEMENT PHYSICAL REQUIRED
  • No
  • (Dept only) REQUESTED HEERA
     
  • All Others, not Confidential
  • (Central HR only) APPROVED HEERA
     
  • All Others, not Confidential
  • FUNCTIONS WITH CORRESPONDING TASKS
    FUNCTION NAME
    (1.)  Research Support
    %TIME
    80%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS

    1. Prepare protein samples for mass spectrometry:
    a. Extract proteins form plant tissue samples and cells.
    b. Characterize protein extracts by 1D Gel and protein assays.
    c. Digest proteins by proteases.
    d. Isotope labeling of peptides and enrichment of phosphopeptides.

    2. Maintain LC-MS instruments:
    a. Prepare LC solvents.
    b. Make micro- HPLC columns.
    c. Load samples.
    d. Setup sequence files and start mass spectrometers.
    e. Clean mass spectrometers and change pump oils.

    3. Maintain data for analysis
    a. Back up and keep records of mass spectrometry data.
    b. Launch protein database searches.
    c. Assist with implementing and designing web based tools for analyzing mass spec data.
    d. Use Microsoft Excel for quantitative analysis of proteins.

    4. Perform other research support duties as assigned.

     
    FUNCTION NAME
    (2.)  General Laboratory Maintenance & Safety
    %TIME
    20%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS

    1. Actively participate in day-to-day laboratory administration:
    a. Collaborative maintenance of laboratory common areas ensuring that laboratory spaces are clean, safe and orderly.
    b. General maintenance of laboratory and office equipment as well as obtaining necessary repairs.
    c. Monitor and prepare & order laboratory supplies, chemical stocks, and common stock solutions.
    d. Participate in training of purchasing procedures.
    e. Perform laboratory related errands such as picking up supplies from office supply and/or hardware stores.
    f. Attend and participate in laboratory meetings to understand experimental methods and strategies.
    e. Present data and ideas at lab meetings.

    2. Assist Lab Safety Coordinator:
    a. Participate in laboratory safety communication about laboratory rules, Cal-OSHA and EH&S safety requirements and remind lab members to attend safety training programs.
    b. Check lab periodically for hazardous conditions and eliminate them.
    c. Maintain required safety supplies and post safety information.
    e. Provide collaborative maintenance of laboratory common areas, ensuring that laboratory spaces are clean safe and orderly.

    3. Engage in other laboratory maintenance and safety duties as assigned.
    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    RELATED FUNCS: DESCRIBE KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, ABILITY: IMPORTANCE LVL:
    1 2 Graduation from high school or a GED & years of laboratory experience or 2 years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, or genetics & 1 year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

     
    Required
    1 Prior experience with general techniques in molecular biology & the ability to follow multi-step assays and procedures. Required
    1 Familiarity with basic microbiological and sterile techniques and preparing buffer solutions. Required
    1 Skill with stoichiometric calculations, i.e. molarity etc. Basic mathematical skills. Required
    1 Skill in general biological techniques such as gel electrophoresis of proteins. Required
    1 Practical knowledge of analytical chemistry such as HPLC separation. Required
    1 2 Knowledge of specialized scientific terminology Required
    1 2 Skill to prepare and maintain with completeness and accuracy a variety of laboratory records, files, and notebooks. Required
    1 Demonstrated ability to use standard lab equipment such as centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, balances, pH meters.
     
    Required
    1 2 Demonstrated successful, positive interpersonal and oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals.

     
    Required
    1 2 Experience using computers and associated software. Skill using MS Word, and Excel, software with a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed. Required
    2 Ability to perform standard & routine daily administrative and management tasks in a laboratory setting.
     
    Required
    2 Knowledge of general inventory and purchasing. Skill in maintaining steady levels of lab supplies, maintaining purchasing records, and training others in purchasing procedures.
     
    Required
    1 2 Ability to sustain diverse activities simultaneously and perform assigned tasks proactively. Required
    1 2 Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.
     
    Required
    1 2 Knowledge of MSDS's (Material Safety Data Sheets), and the hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles. Knowledge of basic first aid procedures. Required
    2 Knowledge of library usage to locate journal in stacks and from network resources and copy specific articles.
     
    Preferred
    1 Skill in programming languages including Perl, HTML, MySQL. Preferred
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