Laboratory Aide

Grand Rapids MI
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Research Aide

Position Summary The Research Aide has primary responsibility for collecting, cleaning, sterilizing, and stocking laboratory glassware that is used for research at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center (GRRC), a highly complex facility that performs cutting-edge research with regional, national and global partners. This position will help to provide shared research services to faculty research teams that may also include; tissue-culture media prep, laboratory care, such as cleaning bench-tops, autoclaving and disposing of hazardous and chemical waste, while ensuring laboratory space is safe, clean and ready for use. This position may also help with consumable stocking, inventory reconciliation and ordering.    Initial responsibilities will include working with researchers to assess their glassware needs and to implement glassware standard operating procedures (SOPs). The position also includes working with faculty, researchers, Environmental Health and Safety to ensure the safe-use of glassware washers and autoclaves, while helping with day-to-day maintenance and cleanliness of the glassware washing areas. This position will serve as a first point of contact for researcher and their staff. The position will be responsible for helping to report researcher needs and facility/laboratory issues/concerns that relate to their assigned duties.  Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge normally acquired from specialized training such as that acquired in one year of college, technical, vocational or trade school with coursework in basic Chemistry or Biology; up to six months of experience in a laboratory setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Scientific and/or research background with excellent communication engagement skills; with a ‘hands on’, problem solving approach with an emphasis on customer service; flexibility to deal with urgent or last-minute problems as they arise; enthusiastic and committed approach with a track record of building strong, trusted relationships with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels; ability to comprehend and use technology to aid in the management of duties including mobile smart phone, equipment scheduling systems, and diagnostic laboratory equipment. 

Work Hours


Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.

(Bidding Eligibility ends 10/17/017 at 11:55 PM)

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