Reporting to the Principal Investigator in the Department of Health, Human & Life Sciences, The Lab Assistant is a part-time grant-supported position that performs a variety of duties to help scientists and professors at on-campus and/or off-campus sites on weekdays and/or weeknights and Saturdays. The Lab Assistant’s overall responsibilities are to prepare lab equipment for upcoming research experiments or classes, inventory and organize the lab areas and supply rooms, report data and compile the information into graphs and documents, clean and maintain labs and equipment, use testing items, and subjects to gather results, gather data and information from test subjects and monitor ongoing tests and experiments.
Essential Job Functions:
- Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) or experimental protocols, to perform analyses and methods accurately and reliably.
- Understand and properly use laboratory equipment and methods relevant to the work area.
- Use basic scientific principles, including aseptic technique, to perform the testing required for process control and finished product approval.
- Prepare reagents and solutions.
- Record, calculate, and enter data in the following: excel spreadsheets, laboratory notebooks, etc.
- Perform routine instrument maintenance and calibrations.
- Maintain a clean and safe laboratory and supply area.
- Maintain confidentiality and accuracy of appropriate documentation.
- Comply with all company policies and procedures.
- Execute experiments, troubleshoot issues, and collect & interpret data.
- Will maintain purchasing and inventory management.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience
- Associates degree in biotechnology or biology from an accredited institution of higher learning or a related discipline.
- Bachelor’s degree in biotechnology or biology from an accredited institution of higher learning or a related discipline.
- Excellent attention to detail
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Research and analysis skills
- Experience working with lab equipment
- Mathematic and measurement skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Excel, Word, etc)
- Ability to keep detailed records
Other Competencies (skills, abilities, behavior)
Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization. Vision, commitment, and experience in achieving goals and pursuing excellence are critical. Strong oral and written presentation skills. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team. Excellence in the organization, decision-making, problem-solving, and creating a collaborative environment. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Must be able to read, write, and speak fluently in English.
We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
Why Work Here?Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. Founded in 1865 by Henry Martin Tupper, our mission is to advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, to enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and to transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
Excellent opportunity to develop your skills at a historical University!