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2. Level of responsibility, including the method and frequency with which the work is reviewed, checked, supervised, or priorities set.

The incumbent will independently perform skilled techniques that require delicate manipulation and/or fine adjustments. S/He will draw upon previous laboratory experience with the test or equipment to detect if something is wrong with the procedure and may make procedural changes or modify techniques. S/he may be expected to complete general analysis. This position requires a high level of responsibility and independence. Work is performed routinely without direct supervision.

3. Functional relationship to other workers and users of the product of service involved.

The incumbent’s work is part of a larger research project related to identification and validation of mutations in pediatric, cancer-patient tumor samples. Further analysis of the work is done by others in the laboratory. Assist in training new staff and students. Based on discussions with colleagues, offer new ideas for processing samples, preparing samples for analysis

4. Responsibility, if any, for planning, scheduling, assigning or overseeing the work of others.

Assist in training new staff and students in sample processing techniques.


5. Special skills, knowledge, or training required, including tools or equipment used.

• At least two years of previous laboratory experience or two years of college coursework in related scientific discipline biology, chemistry is required or equivalent. Solid written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated professionalism in working with colleagues (both internal and external laboratory users).
• Must be capable of and willing to pay strict attention to detail, including following written and oral instruction. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
• Familiarity with the following experimental techniques required: sterile technique, tissue culture, cryopreservation, RNA/DNA purification and other molecular biology, reagent preparation, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology.
• Willingness to work with live animals (mice) in biomedical research.
• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
• Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

6. Unusual working conditions.

• Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
• Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
• Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
• Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
• Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
• Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
• Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
• Position may require repetitive motion.
• May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
• May require work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
• Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
• Employee must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, and possibly a respirator.
• May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.

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