As a Lab Technician I, this position will be supporting the where they will focus on research support related to current research projects. Responsibilities may include routine molecular biology and biochemical techniques, maintaining and preparing accurate records of all experiments, and assisting with general lab maintenance.
The Lab Technician will work closely alongside a Sr. Staff Researcher who will provide direct supervision. The role involves receiving comprehensive training in standard and specialized Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry experimental techniques, and will eventually provide the opportunity to conduct research experiments related to the laboratory's focus on the Origin of Life and Synthetic Biology. The Lab Technician will be responsible for conducting experiments designed by the Sr. Staff Scientist or other laboratory research associates and ensuring precise execution, documentation, and organization of experimental procedures and outcomes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conduct basic experiments under the guidance of the Sr. Staff Scientist, which can include preparative RNA synthesis and purification, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry experiments, and DNA sequencing library preparation.
- Prepare and maintain common laboratory stocks and reagents, ensuring proper documentation and protocol adherence.
- Monitor and resupply laboratory inventories of common research supplies and disposables.
- Assist in the maintenance, cleaning, and calibration of laboratory equipment.
- Report any malfunctioning equipment or potential safety hazards promptly to the supervisor.
- Record experimental data accurately and maintain detailed laboratory records.
- Adhere to all safety protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe working environment.
- Follow laboratory policies and procedures, including proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials.
- Participate in safety training and maintain awareness of potential risks in the laboratory
- Performs other related duties as assigned by management.
- This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
- No professional experience is required.
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED), or one to three months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Computer skills required: Microsoft Word and Excel, or other word processing and spreadsheet software
- Undergraduate course work in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences preferred.
- Prior experience in a biology or chemistry lab setting preferred.
- Integrity - Guides our moral compass and underpins our every action. We do what is right in all situations for no other reason than because it is right. We uphold honesty and ethical behavior and make good on our commitments. We understand that words and deeds matter and that integrity leads to trust.
- Community - Enables us to harness the power of our collective talents. We work together towards common goals. We recognize the importance of diversity where everyone's ideas, identities, backgrounds, and perspectives are valued and pave the paths that propel us forward. We understand our pioneering role in the broader scientific community and take pride in our efforts to have a positive impact on the world.
- Accountability - Keeps us focused, and keeps us honest. We are responsible not only for our own success, but the success of our teams and the entire Institute. We consider how the actions we take and the decisions we make in our own work may impact others.
- Respect - Creates the foundation of trust and brings out the best in us all. We value the experiences, identities, and feelings of those we work with, regardless of their position or their relationship to us. We provide feedback in a constructive manner, use appropriate language, and allow others to share their thoughts and ideas without fear of ridicule.
- Empowerment - Amplifies all voices and inspires the pursuit of greatness. We lift each other up, enabling us to grow continuously and live to our fullest potential. We support the expression of ideas, encourage self-advocacy, inspire confidence and recognize that an environment of mutual respect is critical to our collective success.
- Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
- Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
- Judgement - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
- Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
- Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
- Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
- Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
- Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
The expected pay range for this position is $16.30 to $17.00 per hour. Salk Institute provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the institute reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
- Occasionally required to stand
- Frequently required to walk
- Occasionally required to sit
- Frequently required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
- Occasionally required to talk or hear
- While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet
- The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 10 pounds
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All individuals who accept a position with the Salk Institute must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment, must successfully complete the Institute's background investigation and must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.
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