Research Lab Manager

Marshall University
Alexandria, VA
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Position Details Position Information Banner Position Number R10688 Position Title Research Lab Manager Classification Title MURC-Managers, All Other Department Dean - College of Science - RC2400 Job Description This position will assist students, research scientists, and PI with ongoing research projects on telomere biology, plant and microbial biotechnology and stress tolerance. In addition, assist with procurement for research supplies and equipment and the upkeep and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
The fellow will employ a multidisciplinary approach utilizing the tools of molecular biology, bioinformatics and Arabidopsis genetics and genomics to explore the functions of putative telomere regulatory- genes and to gain evolutionary perspective on funectional gene-pleiotropy as it impacts telomere length regulation.
Essential Functions:
Works in a research laboratory environment. Must be familiar with chemical hygiene and biosafety procedures, and willing to accept training in such procedures. Will perform laboratory research procedures under the direction of the PL
Grow and analyze plants and microbes. Utilize molecular biology techniques, such as DNA extraction, real-time PCR, Westerns, cloning, plasmid and protein purification. Assist in the preparation of reagents and of plant samples for sequencing and functional analyses.
Assist in experiments on the molecular, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms oftelomere length maintenance. Assist in experiments on the role of environmental stress on plant biology. Assist with biotechnology projects with microbial and green moss species.
Develop, troubleshoot and optimize molecular and biochemical assays from samples collected from growth chamber, greenhouse, and field experiments.
Prepare libraries for next-generation sequencing and participate in bioinformatics analysis of telomere length and stress data.
Collaborate with lab members and collaborators at other universities in planning and completing experiments, processing samples, and managing data storage and quality control. Train lab researchers in basic molecular biology skills and in commonly used lab protocols. Help manage and train undergraduate or junior researchers in the lab, provide lab safety training for new lab members.
Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions, read the literature applicable to research areas as required, participate in data analysis and the writing of manuscripts, as needed.
Manage and coordinate lab resources including maintaining a clean workplace, organizing and maintaining freezers, stocking reagents, etc. Place orders for equipment and consumables; keep track of equipment maintenance schedules and arrange maintenance or repair/replacement in timely fashion; arrange proper waste disposal and pickup; keep a catalog of orders and items in freezers; ensure lab's compliance with biosafety and fire codes. Assist with purchasing and monthly reconciliation.
Working conditionsUniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished). May work in all weather conditions. May work in extreme temperatures. May work around chemical fumes. May work around standard office conditions. May work around biohazards. May work around chemicals. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs. May involve lifting and moving. Work may involve recombinant DNA, pathogenic bacteria and potentially hazardous chemicals. The irregular nature of the timing of research projects may require some evening and weekend hours to complete experiments. Location MU - Marshall University Salary Range Commensurate with education and experience Required Qualifications Education BS in biology or related scientific field. Experience Required Molecular Biology lab experience: Western blot, Real-Time PCR, Cell Culture, Ultracentrifuge, protein/DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, plate readers. Broad expertise in quantitative real-time PCR assays and microbiological tools. At least five years of lab managing experience, research equipment maintenance and training students. Experience in supervising and training lab personnel. CITI program certification. Ability to communicate clearly, maintain a laboratory notebook and present results graphically and orally. Equivalent combination ofrelevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Good written and verbal communications skills (in English). Ability to work cooperatively with a multidisciplinary research team. Ability to perform experiments with independence, under general guidance from the PL Familiarity with Excel and Google sheets. Preferred Qualifications Education Experience Technician experience in a molecular lab working with DNA/RNA and real-time PCR. Computational skills. Experience with plant or microbiology research. Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research and lab management experience. Posting Detail Information Posting Number MR0504 Open Date 07/08/2022 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary

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