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ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
The Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology (MCD) is comprised of thirty-five faculty members and four lecturers, whose work focuses on questions of how information in DNA is packaged, read, and interpreted in living cells, how those cells are built and regenerated, and how cells work together to comprise a whole organism.
The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB), is devoted to the study of ecological and evolutionary processes in marine and terrestrial and freshwater environments. The past 30 years have seen several revolutions in our understanding of how the biological world works. Advances in both analytical and genetic methods have given us a far more sophisticated understanding of the complexities of ecological and evolutionary processes in the natural world. Biologists at UCSC have played and will continue to play an important part in these advances, and the campus programs offer unique educational opportunities in biology that feature small class sizes and extensive faculty-student interactions.
The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology (METX) focuses on the human and environmental health impacts of chemicals and pathogens. This interdisciplinary focus has led to new insights into how microbes cause disease and affect the bioavailability of toxicants in the environment, as well as how organisms respond to these injurious agents. While our research is driven by biological questions, it has a significant translational component and has led to the identification of novel therapeutic targets, approaches for bioremediation, and markers of toxicant exposure. In addition, our department provides an exciting and effective training environment for graduate and undergraduate research and teaching. The METX faculty have been very successful in developing independent and interdisciplinary research programs, publishing in top-rated peer-reviewed journals, and advancing through the professoriate ranks. Moreover our graduate training prepares students to become leaders in various fields, following career paths in academia, teaching, industry, and government.
Under supervision, and as part of the Biology Teaching Laboratories (BTL) instructional support team, the incumbent will provide technical and logistical support to laboratory course offerings in the Biological Sciences by preparing and organizing materials and equipment, analyzing and testing experimental protocols, and maintaining order and cleanliness in the BTL. This position supports laboratory and field courses offered by the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department, the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, and the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department.
Budgeted Salary: $28.14/hour. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: RX - Research Support Professionals
Job Code Classification: 009617 (SRA 2 NEX)
Travel: Up to 25% of the time
55% - Laboratory course preparation and organization
Prepare laboratory materials, set up instruments and provide field equipment in a timely, safe and economical fashion.
Safely prepare chemical reagents and culture media in appropriate amounts. Test effectiveness of reagents and media as needed.
Keep written records of work in laboratory notebooks, word processing, spreadsheet and database files.
Clean and store equipment and materials following exercises.
Maintain order, cleanliness and safety in the BTL.
Coordinate use of equipment by different classes.
Negotiate short-term loans of equipment or supplies from research labs or other campus units as needed.
Place orders for equipment, chemicals, and supplies from external vendors, as expeditiously as possible.
Test, calibrate, and perform minor repairs to lab instrumentation.
Provide written and oral instructions on proper equipment use to colleagues, instructors, TAs and students.
Act as a resource when questions concerning equipment use or experimental protocols arise during laboratory or field courses.
Clean or direct students to clean lab benches, glassware and other equipment.
Transport equipment and supplies between the main campus and the Coastal Sciences Campus.
Implement correct record keeping procedures to maintain departmental inventories and storage records.
Maintain teaching collections of living organisms including bacteria, yeasts, fruit flies, plants and other experimental cultures.
Determine and plan maintenance schedules.
Prepare culture media and perform transfers.
Collect organisms in the field when necessary.
20% - Analysis and testing of experimental protocols for course-specific exercises in the Biological Sciences
Determine the equipment, reagents, media and supplies needed by laboratory and field courses on a daily, weekly, and quarterly basis by critical reading and analysis of written laboratory protocols and through consultation with instructors and TAs.
Test experimental protocols provided by instructors and suggest modifications as necessary.
20% - Hazardous materials handling and disposal
Coordinate the efficient and safe use of hazardous chemicals and biohazardous materials as required by UCSC Environmental Health and Safety.
Notify students and instructors of any hazards in the lab, appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and required safety precautions.
Implement appropriate procedures for monitoring and decontamination of equipment and laboratories.
Implement required procedures for disposal of chemical and biohazard waste.
5% - Supervision of work-study student assistants
Train students in correct laboratory procedures and safety measures.
Assign tasks on a daily basis.
Participate in the recruitment and evaluation of work-study student assistants.
Knowledge of the general principles of biology, chemistry and physics as attained through coursework leading to a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, chemistry or related disciplines, and a more specialized knowledge of the principles of modern laboratory and field biology.
Demonstrated proficiency in laboratory skills including accurate weighing and mixing of chemicals and media, pH adjustment, sterilization, dispensing, sterile transfer, sterile techniques, dilutions, molarities and ancillary calculations.
Experience maintaining, troubleshooting and performing routine repairs of laboratory equipment such as balances, pH meters, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettors, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis units, and a theoretical and practical knowledge of modern laboratory instrumentation.
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks to meet strict deadlines.
Experience writing test protocols and performing basic experimental lab procedures to complete diagnostic analyses of reagents and media.
Ability to critically read and comprehend technical literature.
Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of faculty, staff and students and engage them in productive dialog regarding technical issues.
Experience working cooperatively as part of a team.
Ability to train and supervise student employees.
Experience safely handling toxic chemicals and biohazards.
Experience procuring materials based on cost and serviceability and the analytical skills to determine whether an alternate product choice is adequate for course related exercises.
Experience handling and maintaining living organisms such as bacteria, yeast, plants, and invertebrates.
Ability to work quickly, accurately, and independently in a fast-paced environment and focus on tasks despite frequent interruptions.
Knowledge and experience with information technology including word processing, spreadsheets and database programs.
Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or equivalent in Biology or Chemistry with coursework in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular or cell biology.
Experience as a laboratory technician where duties included direct responsibility for preparing laboratory experiments for college level courses in molecular biology or biochemistry.
Experience using hand tools, small power tools and test equipment.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
Will be required to work all scheduled hours on-site.
Ability to work a variable schedule including evenings and weekends.
Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.
Ability to work in a laboratory environment in the presence of or directly handling (with appropriate PPE) biological materials, hazardous chemicals, biohazards, fumes, heat sources and glassware.
Work requires bending, reaching and the ability to move laboratory or field equipment weighing up to 40 lbs, with or without accommodation.
Work involves the risk of exposure to fire, chemical reactions or electrical shock.
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtainedhere.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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