Assistant Lab Curator

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Assistant Lab Curator-1701866

Required Qualifications: (as evidenced by an attached resume):

Bachelor's Degree (or foreign equivalent or higher) in Biology or related field. Experience working in a laboratory and familiarity with an array of biology laboratory procedures and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree (or foreign equivalent or higher) in Biology or related field. Two years or more of full-time lab experience in a college level research or instructional laboratory. Experience in cellular and molecular biology techniques; microscopy and imaging techniques; and the collection, cultivation, and maintenance of living organisms. Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures. Supervisory experience in a laboratory setting. Experience with common computer hardware and software packages (i.e. printers, monitor, Microsoft Office applications).

Brief Description of Duties:

Responsible for the preparation, setup, and changeover of undergraduate biology laboratories each semester and during summer sessions. The incumbent will coordinate repair of laboratory equipment and help maintain support facilities for the instructional laboratories such as: the aquarium, storage, autoclave, and dishwashing rooms, and the Biology Learning Center. Duties include the collection, transportation, setup, and maintenance of live biological materials as well as the handling of toxic, volatile, flammable, and biological substances.

The incumbent must possess the ability to work with laboratory instrumentation and will serve as a liaison to the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) in supporting the maintenance of computer hardware and software in the instructional laboratories. The successful incumbent will have excellent interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.

It is also noted that having experience interacting with individuals at various levels within an institution is necessary. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Prepare appropriate specimens for the weekly undergraduate and assigned upper level laboratory exercises in a timely manner in accordance with the schedule of laboratories. (i.e. media, reagents, cultures, preserved and live specimens such as plants, animals, and invertebrates; aquaria are maintained.) Instruct graduate teaching assistants, work study students, and others as necessary on laboratory procedures. Assist faculty and laboratory curators in the formulation, design, testing, documentation, and implementation of laboratory exercises.
  • Participate in the setup of daily student laboratories and teaching assistant laboratories with the appropriate equipment and experimental specimens. Provide updated information for preparatory guidelines ("prep lists") for specific instructional exercises to the Curator as changes occur.
  • Prepare and setup for summer session laboratory classes.
  • Conduct scheduled cleaning, testing, and calibration of selected equipment used in the instructional laboratories, such as microscopes, electronic pH meters, spectrophotometers, and balances. Assist in maintenance of various equipment in the Biology Learning Center, including computers, monitors, and printers. Serve as the primary liaison with DoIT and other specialists in the Life Sciences and Centers for Molecular Medicine (CMM) complex in the maintenance of computer hardware and software for the instructional laboratories in Undergraduate Biology.
  • Inventory, order, and stock undergraduate instructional laboratory materials and supplies, such as slides, preserved specimens, and equipment between laboratory facilities.
  • Other Duties or Projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.

Special Notes:This is a full time appointment. FLSA Nonexempt position, eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

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About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL. Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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Official Job Title: Instructional Support Associate
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Undergraduate Biology Program-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Variable Depends upon schedule of laboratory coursesUndergraduate Biology Program-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Sep 11, 2018
Posting End Date: Sep 25, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: $42,000-$45,000
Salary Grade: SL2





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Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 9/26/2018
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