Plant Growth Facilities Research Technician



Hyde Park Campus

Department
2010049 BSD ADM - Facilities, Design, and Construction

About the Unit
Facilities Planning, Design and Construction for the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division (BSD) supports the University's medical, research and education community, from physicians to patients, principal investigators to laboratory staff, residents to hospital staff, undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars. Our comprehensive services and dedicated professionals ensure the safety, efficiency and welcoming environment of all of our varied facilities which support research, education and patient care. We are responsible for managing approximately 6 million gross feet of space located on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus, including clinical, research and educational space. We also support facility operations at off-campus lease locations and the Howard Taylor Ricketts Laboratory located at Argonne National Laboratory, managed by the UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Hull Court Operations Supervisor: inspects & monitors growth chamber operation; provides general preventive maintenance and coordinates, emergency repairs; and assists researchers with moderately complex operation of growth chambers and the Greenhouse in the Biological Sciences Division.

Responsibilities:

Daily inspection of 18 growth chambers in several buildings.
  • Examine chamber functionality, maintaining correct operation of lights, temperature, humidity, airflow, camera, controller, watering, and other systems.
  • Plan and execute replacement light strategy involving hundreds of fluorescent and LED fixtures.
  • Order, receive and burn-in replacement bulbs, document and maintain records of same.
  • Order other supplies as needed.
  • Follow manufacturer's and best-practice maintenance guidelines.
  • Identify problems with supporting infrastructure systems and report to Building Managers to coordinate resolution.
  • Recognize that plants involved may be unique and irreplaceable.
  • Prioritize emergency repairs; coordinate with researchers, University and/or outside contractors.
  • Participate in scheduled maintenance and calibration activities.
  • Assist with watering as needed.
  • Maintain use and repair log.


Daily inspection of Greenhouse rooms.
  • Assure correct operation of Greenhouse rooms, maintaining lights, temperature, humidity, airflow, watering & other systems.
  • Plan/execute replacement light strategy involving hundreds of fluorescent fixtures.
  • Order, receive and burn-in replacement bulbs; document and maintain records of same.
  • Order other supplies as needed.
  • Identify problems with supporting infrastructure & systems and report to building managers to coordinate resolutions.
  • Recognize that plants involved may be unique and irreplaceable.
  • Coordinate with greenhouse staff, researchers, University and/or outside contractors.
  • Participate in scheduled maintenance and calibration activities.
  • Assist Greenhouse research staff with other duties as needed.
  • Maintain use and repair log.
  • Acquire and maintain proficiency with control systems in growth chambers and Greenhouse.
  • Assist researchers with developing new programs and protocols.
  • Assist researchers with programming, controlling & troubleshooting chambers in preparation and execution of experiments.
  • Assist researchers with development, setup, operation and troubleshooting of camera and other systems (e.g. high throughput phenotyping).
  • Assist in coordinating and scheduling experiment time and logistics with researchers and scheduling preventative maintenance/repairs to minimize impact on ongoing research.
  • Maintain growth chamber & greenhouse floors, wall and benches, disinfect rooms between experiments, test & maintain alarm systems.
  • Test & calibrate temperature and humidity sensors.
  • Verify proper operation of fans, water and chilled water supplies.
  • Adjust shelving as needed for experiments.
  • Remove access panels, check belts, debris around drains, look for leaks.
  • Remove and properly dispose of transgenic plant material.
  • Review operating parameters, collect and review data.


Competencies:
  • Knowledge and experience with computer hardware, electronic controllers, and camera/lighting systems
  • Knowledge of power-cleaning equipment such as shop vacuum, power washer
  • Demonstrated skill and proficiency in utilizing shop equipment, power and hand tools preferred
  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge of basic electrical repairs and safety
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and to communicate instructions, comments and observations both verbally and in writing
  • Very good organizational and time management skills
  • Proficiency with sufficient knowledge of programming, including innovating means of controlling devices (such as cameras, scales, counters, etc.) to achieve novel functions preferred
  • Ability to work with and troubleshoot fluorescent, incandescent and LED bulbs preferred
  • Knowledge of maintenance and shop equipment repair preferred


Additional Requirements

Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (including computer science, engineering, biological sciences)
  • Advanced degree preferred


Experience:
  • A minimum of two years relevant experience required
  • Experience with computer hardware, electronic controllers, and camera/lighting systems


Required Documents:
  • Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility
Yes

Pay Frequency
Hourly

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours
37.5

Union
Non-Union

Job is Exempt?
No

Drug Test Required?
No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?
No

Health Screen Required?
No

Posting Date
2018-03-16-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before
2018-09-16-07:00

Posting Statement:

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Full time
JR00801

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