Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position assists with the technical and organizational aspects of studies and experiments of a biomedical engineering laboratory. Responsible for assisting with laboratory duties in a research setting including: setting, operating and maintaining lab equipment; performing experiments in biomaterials, additive manufacturing, electronics, and mammalian cell culture; analyzing data, maintaining accurate laboratory records, attending lab meetings, ordering lab supplies, preparing required lab solutions/reagents, and performing other job-related duties as required.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lab Equipment and Facilities:
Lab set-up: Assist with purchase of equipment and equipment demonstrations. Assist with installation of equipment. Regularly be in contact with university personnel responsible for lab safety and be informed and up-to-date on lab safety. Assist with the development of protocols and standard operating produces for local lab safety, waste management, and chemical inventory.
Equipment maintenance & training: Ensure all equipment are clean, free of debris, and in good working order. Develop trainings and standard operating procedures for use of equipment. Train new lab members on equipment.
Assist with establishing protocols for common lab techniques (tissue culture and cell characterization, bioprinting and other 40 additive manufacturing, hydrogel synthesis and characterization, electronic device characterization).
Perform experiments, analysis, and assist supervisor and lab members with research responsibilities, including use of the common lab techniques above.
Assist in meeting scheduling, maintaining group calendar, and other lab-related groups (e.g., MS teams, Slack, Outlook Calendar, OneNote notebook). Help develop a lab wiki (knowledge database).
Laboratory Management & Maintenance:
Safety and Waste Management: Monitor and foster proper handling of hazardous, sharps, and biohazard waste. Maintain safety plan with regular checks of eye wash, fire extinguisher, and other safety-related documentation, correspondence, and meetings.
Inventory Maintenance: Purchase items requested by lab members and anticipate the need for other items not requested. Enter purchase orders using FIS purchasing system and charge cost of each item to proper funding source. Compare purchasing options across multiple vendors. Collect all necessary documentation (e.g., packing slips), and maintain inventory on laboratory portals.
Tissue Culture Maintenance: Regularly monitor and maintain tissue culture incubators and liquid nitrogen cell stocks, and help maintain sterile working conditions within the tissue culture room.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, materials science engineering, biology, chemistry and one year of experience or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling five years.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, communicate with laboratory staff and investigators, exhibit cultural competence, and maintain complete and organized records/reports.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Prior laboratory experience.
Experimental skills: Competent in basic wet lab skills, including working in chemical fume hoods, safe handling of chemicals and awareness of chemical hazards, and pipetting. Additional experience in mammalian cell culture and aseptic technique.
Clerical/secretarial: Ability to organize and maintain the laboratory.
Financial Information System (FIS) related work: Ability to use the University software to order laboratory supplies and equipment.
Accounting or purchasing: Ability to order laboratory supplies and equipment.
General computer skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets and e-mail: Ability to use basic computer programs and to organize and maintain electronic laboratory records.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Engineering.
The hiring range for this position is $14.07 - $18.99 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
This position requires occasional lifting, safety training, and has exposure to chemicals.
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