Requisition Number: 03024527 Final Filing Date: 08-22-2019 Closing Date: Payroll Title: LABORATORY ASSISTANT III Number of Positions: 1 Salary: $20.54-$24.45 per hour. Salary to commensurate with experience. Appointment Type: Career Appointment Description: 100% Fixed appointment. Schedule TBD Overtime Eligible (FLSA): Non-Exempt Union/HEERA Representation: This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit
Department: PRIMATE CENTER - 061095 Department Description: The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is an Organized Research Unit which conducts interdisciplinary research programs on significant human health related problems where non human primates are the animal models of choice. In addition to its major efforts in the area of research, the CNPRC is also committed to its missions of teaching and service.
Location: Davis Allow Applicants to Attach: Resume Cover Letter
Job Summary: Under general direction of the Supervisor/ Laboratory Manager, provide technical support for bio-behavioral research projects involving studies of mechanisms of social behavior and social cognition in rhesus monkeys of all ages. Duties include, physiological and behavioral data collection, maintenance of computerized databases, and preparation of biological samples for assay. Apply technical and theoretical knowledge of animal behavioral assessments, data collection, methodology, and physiological sample processing. Perform technical research and data summary, and prepare technical reports. Effectively collaborate on research projects as directed by protocols and research goals, and effectively communicate with on-site and off-site collaborators, post- doctoral scholars, students and other lab staff. On assigned projects, manage data collection, data entry and analysis; and troubleshoot, recommend, and develop new techniques.
Physical Demands: - Performs diversified tasks the may often require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping or standing. -Substantial contact with animals. Handle, move, and transport animals. Move and handle a variety of animals weighing up to 30 pounds. - Position requires repeated movement, repetitive procedures, operating and maintaining equipment, and safely lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds. - Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2 and 3 conditions where non-human primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus. -Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including: gown, lab coats, gloves, masks, face shields, and head covers. -Use and disposal of radioactive isotope, hazardous materials and other environmental health and safety procedures.
Work Environment: -Measles vaccination or documentation of illness required. This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy. -Individual will work routinely with animal and specimens and chemical agents. -Must perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level (BSL) 2/3 conditions where non-human primates may be naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous diseases such as SRV, SIV, HIV, STLV, HTLV or Herpes virus. -Position requires employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious agents are present. In such instances, employee will be required to wear protective clothing for personal protection from infectious diseases and animals. -Must be able to work irregular hours (early mornings, early evening, and/or weekends, as needed). Work occasional weekends and holidays. -California National Primate Research Center employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990. UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required: Yes
Minimum Qualifications: -Academic background in Biological Sciences, Psychology, or other biobehavioral science; or the equivalent combination of education, training, and behavioral experience from which comparable skills can be acquired in the area of rhesus monkey behavior.
-Experience with, and applied knowledge of animal behavior, which includes conceptual understanding of the concepts of temperament and personality.
-Experience in biological sample processing.
-Experience in DNA extraction.
-Experience in maternal behavior and infant development.
-Experience in collecting behavioral data on animals in a scientific setting using computerized and paper-and-pencil methods.
-Experience in laboratory principles of data management and research project workflow with strong attention to details.
Preferred Qualifications: -Experience working on small and large scale research projects simultaneously and effectively.
-Extensive skill in behavioral data collection using The Observer behavioral data collection software, and skill in operating automated behavioral testing equipment.
-Experience collecting behavioral data on nonhuman primates in large social groups.
-Experience in rhesus monkey behavioral research (includes knowledge of primate behavioral assessment, which includes the demonstrated ability to distinguish normal and abnormal behavior, and recognize signs of illness).
-Skill to write laboratory protocols, reports, data summaries and assist with the development of standardize training and testing models for animal experiments.
-Experience in safely handling potentially infectious nonhuman primates, tissues, and biological specimens.
-Skill to prepare tissues for a variety of biochemical assessments.
-Knowledge of USDA regulations and AALAS practices and protocols pertaining to primate non-human animal models.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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