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Iowa State University Research Technician II – Epilepsy Lab - Part Time in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Research Technician II – Epilepsy Lab - Part Time

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:High school diploma or equivalent and 3 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelors degree in biology, genetics or related field

Experience in a laboratory setting, including sectioning tissue, imaging and stereology

Demonstrated knowledge of routine laboratory techniques and lab equipment maintenance

Demonstrated ability to accurately record and summarize data

Job Description:

The Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking qualified candidates for a part-time term Research Technician II position. This position will be responsible for providing technical assistance for research activities in the Epilepsy lab of Dr. Thimmasettappa Thippeswamy, including sectioning tissue blocks, assisting lab personnel with experiments, imaging and stereology. This position will also have molecular duties such as viral vectors, cloning, tissue culture, and blotting. Additional responsibilities will include maintaining lab equipment and entering orders.

This position is part-time with the possibility of becoming fulltime based on funding availability.

SummaryResponsible for coordinating the testing of samples. Monitors and maintains lab equipment. Troubleshoots issues in the lab.Example of Duties

  • Handle and prepare biological samples for sectioning.

  • Provide technical assistance in research activities in the lab.

  • Extract and process image-related information through imaging and stereology. Assist with immediate problem solving in respective area of testing.

  • Collect, analyze and process research data from laboratory samples.

  • Record findings by entering data into computer software.

  • Communicate with lab personnel to discuss testing requests and results

  • Maintain inventory of supplies related to assigned casework.

  • Perform routine equipment and microscope maintenance.

  • Clean and sanitize equipment and microscopes and maintain a clean laboratory space.

Level Guidelines• Career-level position demonstrating proficiency and knowledge of related competencies• Works under direct to general supervision and may receive guidance on more complex assignments• Follows established procedures for work assignments, and completes assignments which are semi-routine and may be atypical in nature• Applies thorough knowledge to respond to inquiries and requests• Able to resolve most problems and issues and respond to requests without escalation• Provides guidance to students• May provide supervision to one to two other staff or lead a small work team

Initial term will be 1 year, may be renewable based on funding. Initial working hours will be 20 hours as week there may be opportunity to increase hours for periods of increased workload.

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:September 5, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Part time

Pay Grade:PS804

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: September 9, 2021

Posting Close Date:October 3, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5704