Academic Lab Technician
Indiana University

Indianapolis, Indiana


Department

BIOLOGY (IN-BIOL-IUINA)

Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Oversees animal husbandry and maintenance of animal colonies (mouse).
  • Performs research experiments to analyze mutant mouse models for changes in organ development and metabolism.
  • Performs hands-on experiments (PCR, metabolic tests, tissue dissection, immunofluorescence, microscope imaging) as well as computer-based computation analyses.
  • Oversees general lab maintenance and order supplies, as necessary.
  • Oversees undergraduate trainees in general lab maintenance duties.
  • Operates with some independence, interacting significantly with supervisor.
General Responsibilities
  • Monitors and provides support to faculty and students in educational resource facility (such as laboratory, learning/technology center, etc.) in support of educational and learning outcomes.
  • Operates various instruments and/or machinery (some may be restricted from student use), assists students using permitted equipment, and provides instruction, training, and oversight for safe operation; often responsible for designing, fabricating, and/or machining necessary components for student and/or faculty projects.
  • Collaborates and makes recommendations on the design of experiments and learning experiences that support faculty and student education and/or research project outcomes; sets up experiments and/or experiences (including equipment, etc.); prepares all materials, samples, equipment, and devices needed; assists students and/or faculty with safely and properly operating equipment, tools, etc.
  • Provides effective demonstrations and experiments to showcase processes, equipment capabilities, and/or features; assists in developing instructional and training materials for proper and safe use of the facility, equipment, and/or tools.
  • Implements a preventive maintenance program that will keep equipment ready for instructional and research project utilization; cleans, maintains, and properly stores all equipment and supplies; keeps area(s) cleaned and organized; analyzes new equipment as it comes to market for possible implementation and stays abreast of new processes used in industry to sustain state-of-the art learning and/or research experiences; ensures security of facility, equipment, and supplies.
  • Ensures educational resource facility is functional and safe at all times; enforces safety standards and clean-up procedures; performs basic preventative maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of equipment; identifies potential problem areas and recommends courses of action.
  • Develops and maintains a database of cost-effective sources for necessary materials and supplies; coordinates financial planning and assists in budget review and preparation; orders and procures materials, supplies, and equipment on a timely basis.
  • Collaborates with and provides support to faculty to ensure educational resource facility creates desired student experiences and achieves educational objectives; schedules and supports academic, research, and outreach activities (such as facilitating tours, presentations, or demonstrations).
  • May supervise, train, and manage student employees and/or less experienced staff; supervises and assists students with project-related experiments and/or experiences (such as senior designs, research projects, etc.).

Qualifications

EDUCATION

Required
  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in a relevant field)
WORK EXPERIENCE

Preferred
  • 2 years of research experience
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered

SKILLS

Required
  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to build strong customer relationships
Preferred
  • Knowledge of animal (mouse) husbandry and handling
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques including PCR
  • Strong organizational skills are needed

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Additional Information

This position is grant funded with expected annual renewals. Renewals are contingent on the availability of grant funds.

Work Location

IUPUI Campus

Indianapolis, Indiana

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Mastery

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Educational Resources & Tech

Job Family: Educational Resources

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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