Appointment: Regular, part-time (0.65 FTE) position. Schedule is variable, but generally 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the academic year with no (or limited) hours during the summer months. Responsibilities: Directly supervise, coordinate, and support preparation and setup of teaching aids, materials and equipment associated with laboratory instruction in undergraduate biology course labs. Purchase, service, or coordinate service on all laboratory equipment used in teaching labs. Monitor and purchase supplies needed for laboratory and research activities. Hire, supervise, train and counsel storeroom and greenhouse assistant work-study students. Supervise and maintain departmental greenhouse and assist with animal maintenance during academic school year. Assist in the handling and disposal of university infectious waste and Biology Department chemical waste. Assist Radiation Safety Officer in monitoring for potential radioactive materials.
Maintain and prepare equipment and supplies for biology course labs; assist with independent projects and senior theses.
Gather, order and purchase supplies as needed from local, regional and national sources.
Prepare media and/or chemical solutions.
Grow specific bacterial cultures used in labs. Isolate and purify plasmid DNA from transformed bacterial cultures using a prep kit. Be able to identify transformed bacteria from non-transformed bacteria.
Consult with faculty about laboratories and field trips to facilitate lab instruction and set up lab supplies and equipment. Problem solve with faculty as necessary to facilitate lab preparation.
Assist with Biology Department lab-related purchases. Reconcile purchase card monthly, coordinate payment of invoices and cash disbursement requests for department purchases.
Maintain departmental equipment in working order. Duties: calibrate balances, maintain and calibrate pH meters, repair light microscopes and dissecting scopes, repair pipettors, clean centrifuges, and order repair parts as necessary. Assist with evaluation of equipment specifications and purchase recommendations.
Train and supervise work-study student for greenhouse. Assist in training and supervising 4-6 work-study students for storeroom. Review time sheets and contracts, coordinate work schedules, assign duties and provide evaluations. Teach students to use laboratory glassware, equipment, and supplies. Instruct students to properly use scientific instruments.
Assist the Biology Department chemical waste coordinator. Collect, process and dispose of chemical hazardous waste per state and federal regulations. Advise students and faculty on safe handling and protective measures when working with hazardous wastes. Assist with record maintenance and disposal of hazardous chemical waste in accordance with local and state regulations.
Maintain departmental greenhouse during academic school year. Train work-study student to assist with duties including watering, fertilizing, cleaning plants, insect and fungal control, taking cuttings, starting seed, and restocking of greenhouse supplies. Maintain and operate environmental chambers and upgrade greenhouse as needed for research and projects.
Assist with maintenance of live animals used in department teaching labs. Set up and maintain appropriate housing and animal care in accordance with Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (2011). Recognize animals with health issues and treat or arrange for veterinary intervention. Animals include fresh and saltwater fish, invertebrates, and aquaria; reptiles; amphibians; small mammals; insects and arachnids; and protist cultures.
Assist the University Infectious Waste liaison. Coordinate sterilization of infectious waste from Biology, Chemistry, Health Services, Facilities Services and Physical Education. Maintain sterilization log. Train work-study students and teaching assistants in proper procedures.
Assist with maintenance of the departmental chemical inventory. Keep a current up-to-date Safety Data Sheet (SDS) library on all chemicals used in the Biology Department. Update the chemical inventory database as chemicals are used and ordered. Provide training and advice to faculty, staff, and students on the correct use and disposal of chemicals used in teaching and research labs.
Consult with students doing independent lab projects and senior thesis projects. Provide training on equipment and animal care; gather project supplies and design unique apparatus. Guide students through the process of locating a vendor for needed supplies and assist them in placing orders.
Train student staff in current laboratory safety procedures. Assist in designing and monitoring a safety program incorporating state and federal requirements. Prepare training materials as needed.
Authorize and coordinate security clearance for individuals and classes working on projects or research in Thompson and Harned Halls.
Assist with coordination of annual departmental functions.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work independently.
Supervisory and organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to adjust timelines and fit changing needs. Excellent time management skills.
Understanding of scientific instrumentation, procedures, and chemical storage and use.
Use of computers for word processing, database management, internet research, and spreadsheet analysis. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel software; working knowledge or ability to learn navigation of the PeopleSoft system.
Knowledge of, and ability to update knowledge of, infectious waste handling procedures, and hazardous chemical waste disposal procedures.
Knowledge and experience with laboratory safety.
Basic working knowledge of microbiology and molecular biology techniques.
Knowledge of basic accounting procedures.
Ability to prepare media and/or chemical solutions using appropriate safety guidelines.
Ability to obtain needed SDS sheets and how to read them.
Familiarity with media preparation, the basics of sterile technique, and bacterial culture maintenance protocols.
Ability to use and maintain analytical balances, including calibration; pH meters; light and dissecting microscopes, including minor repairs; be familiar with micro and high speed centrifuges.
Equipment Used: Microscopes, dissecting scopes, analytical balances, PCR Thermo Cycler, high speed centrifuges, autoclave, steam sterilizer, pH meter, light meter, digital thermometer, cryofreezers, large refrigerated saltwater tanks, small freshwater aquaria, incubators, environmental chambers, greenhouse, pressurized gasses, GPS units, UV lamps, spectrophotometers, drying ovens, laboratory dishwasher, water distillation system, resin distillation system, gel boxes and power supplies, Shimadzu UV spectrophotometers, vacuum pumps, hot water baths, heat blocks, laminar flow hoods, video microscopes. Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree with major study in a basic applied science preferred OR extensive laboratory experience.
Experience in purchasing and basic accounting preferred.
Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/ Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations. This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices--services/human-resources/overview-of-university-benefit/. Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Required Documents: Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
Letter of Interest
Diversity Statement (see prompt below)
Applicant's Diversity Statement. As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/diversity-strategic-plan/ in their writing statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:
Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, in research, or in non-academic work environments ;
Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
Previous and/or current activities involving working or learning with diverse co-worker/co-learner populations;
Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP.
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment. The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.
About Puget Sound Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit 'About Puget Sound' (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA
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Puget Sound is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is rich in history and traditions enjoyed by generations of students, faculty, and community members. Puget Sound offers a four-year curriculum in the liberal arts tradition with more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary programs as well as selected graduate programs that build effectively on a liberal arts foundation.