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Western University of Health Sciences
  • Position Number: 2630255
  • Location: Pomona, CA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Laboratory Technician II

Posting Number: S00973
Position Status: Full Time

Job Summary
Posting Number

Position Status

Western University Campus-Pomona, CA

1309-Research and Biotechnology

Job Summary
This position provides technical lab support to faculty and students in cellular and molecular biology and immunology research laboratory in the Department of Translational Research by performing a variety of routine and moderately complex laboratory and research-related responsibilities. The Laboratory Technician II works independently, reporting directly to the assigned faculty. Cellular and Molecular biology experiments include, but are not limited to, Cell isolation and culture, Western blotting, qPCR, histopathology including cutting thin sections, Immunohistochemistry and Immunofluorescence, and flow cytometry analysis.

Job Duty
  • Conducts experiments using current methods in cell and molecular biology; assists faculty in developing and evaluating methods, procedures and techniques used in experiments.
  • Prepares chemical reagents and solutions.
  • Ensures the safe storage of biological and chemical materials.
  • Sterilizes equipment, plasticware, and chemical reagents.

  • Monitors inventories of expendable supplies (e.g., antibodies, chemicals, reagents, plasticware, glassware) and advises research faculty or staff of reordering needs. May be responsible for ordering materials in consultation with research faculty and other staff.
  • Assists research faculty with supervising and training research Health Science students in laboratory methods and procedures in the Department of Translational Research

  • Responsible for data entry, retrieval, and analysis on various Mac-type computers.
  • Documents experimental work in clear and detailed laboratory notebook record.
  • Assists in the proper collection and disposal of waste materials according to regulations and department policy

  • Participates in and contributes to a safe environment by keeping current with safety regulations, checking and maintaining equipment, orienting research students to the proper use of materials and equipment, and overseeing compliance with regulations.
  • Performs research as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions can be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Knowledge of and ability in cell isolation and culture, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and other routine cellular and molecular biology techniques.
  • Conducts research experiments using modern laboratory equipment in the general area of cell and molecular biology in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols. Collects laboratory measurements and data.
  • Computes results for a variety of research procedures, tests and techniques.
  • Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments.
  • Uses laboratory/computer equipment to conduct analyses of experiment data. Provides routine interpretations of analyses.
  • Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment. Performs or arranges for basic repairs. May alter equipment to meet experiment requirements. Makes recommendations for equipment acquisitions
  • Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies. Monitors inventory levels and orders or secures supplies as needed.
  • Maintains research facility in orderly, operable condition. Maintains security and safety of equipment, samples, specimen and data.
  • Prepares chemical solutions for experimental use.
  • Knowledge of appropriate/applicable lab safety standards with proper handling and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.
  • Ability to work independently after initial training and cooperatively with excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency with computer software, preferably Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and ImageJ software.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

    Required Qualifications
    Education: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field. A combination of undergraduate coursework and related experience may be considered.
    Experience: One to two-year experience with working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols in cell culture and laboratory techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, histology, immunostaining), and familiarity with laboratory safety and proper storage of various types of reagents and chemicals are highly desirable. Knowledge of computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of research data.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • A highly motivated, hard-working individual with the capacity to learn new and challenging techniques
  • Experience with following time-sensitive procedures and protocols.
  • Organizational skills and management of people and teams of people
  • Didactic coursework in cellular, molecular, and human biology.
  • Experience with science writing and communication

    List comments regarding work hours
    Hours: The regular daily hours for this position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., with a one-hour unpaid lunch period. Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department and/or College.

    Physical Demands
    Do the essential functions of this job require lifting? Yes

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    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and use hands. The employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms and is occasionally required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. There are no special vision requirements for this job.

    Describe Work Environment
    Duties are routinely performed in a typical laboratory setting. While performing duties in this setting the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold (non-weather), and risk of electric shock.

    The employee is regularly exposed to wet humid conditions (non-weather), moving mechanical parts, and high precarious places. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extreme heat (non-weather), and risk of radiation. The noise level in this setting may be loud due to the noise of ventilation system and hydraulic body hoist.

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