The Electron Microscopy Core (EMC) Research Facility is seeking to hire someone at the level of Research Laboratory Technician. The primary function of this position is to assist with the preparation of samples, biological and materials, for examination with electron microscopy (both transmission and scanning). The main duty would be to ensure reproducible routine sample processing with quality control measures.
The Electron Microscopy Core is a service facility that houses all electron microscopes for the University of Missouri, provides fee-for-service imaging with transmission and scanning electron microscopy. In addition, we provide one-on-one training to campus investigators on independent microscope operation, sample preparative services for both biological and materials and consulting for which methods are appropriate for the research question to be answered.
The incumbent will be responsible for precisely following established standard operating procedures in the preparation of TEM and SEM samples and processing them accordingly. Revenues associated with this task are 30 % of the EMC's total yearly revenues. Accuracy and strict attention to detail are required to insure proper preparation and evaluation. Duties include the following: 1) solution mixing and preparation 2) tissue handling 3) secondary fixation with osmium 4) dehydration with ethanol or acetone 5) epoxy resin embedding/curing 6) microtomy and toluidine blue for staining of resin-embedded tissue for light microscopy slides 7) thin section ultramicrotomy 8) post-staining of thin sections with lead and uranyl acetate 9) critical point drying. The position requires the candidate to document preparative steps and record them in laboratory notebook for future reference. The technician will also assist other core staff in the development of new methods for sample preparation to be offered to clients as services.
In addition, this candidate will be responsible for status, overall quality and timeliness of sample processing. The Electron Microscopy core requires implementation of sample tracking system through the various processing steps prior to imaging and this would be a priority. This includes maintaining solution stocks and necessary supplies at all times, doing routine checks on instrumentation and ancillary equipment, recording this quality appropriately. Assistance will be expected with maintaining logs regarding instrument usage and number of samples processed to ensure proper billing. Other anticipated duties include monitoring and hazardous materials (toxic and radioactive) in the facility including all necessary paperwork for pick up and collection of unwanted used/unused hazardous materials.
Job Duties * Solution mixing and preparation * Sample preparation for scanning electron microscopy including critical point drying * Microtomy and toluidine blue for staining of resin-embedded tissue for light microscopy * Thin section ultramicrotomy * Post-staining of thin sections with lead and uranyl acetate * Support clients through microscope usage, training, and troubleshooting. * Segmentation and Visualization of 3D data * The technician will also assist other core staff with high pressure freezing
Personal attributes that will contribute to success in this position include an ability to professionally and politely engage with many different people at all ages, ethnicities and education-levels, ability to multitask with efficiency despite unexpected interuptions, high motivation, extreme dedication, determination and resiliency, creative problem solving and life-long learning. The EMC is looking for a candidate who will always go the extra-mile to get the job done well and does not shy away from the hard work necessary to get there.
Salary Range: $13.27 - $22.73/hour
University Title: Senior Research/Lab Technician
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Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
High school diploma or equivalent and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
The candidate must be able to effectively communicate, both in written and oral capacities, with fellow EMC staff and EMC clients. Also, the candidate must have a professional demeanor to work well with a variety of education levels, ethnicities and personalities. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor's degree in the sciences or related field with at least 1 year experience of working in a research laboratory setting. Experience with basic computing (word processing, spreadsheets, databases) is ideal. Preference will be given to those with previous microscopy-related experience.
Online application and a resume specifically highlighting relevant experience (longer than 1 page) or CV
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