Lab and Operations Assistant

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Research

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA) brings together key strengths from around campus and the region to address growing needs here in Denver and throughout the nation. Designed to address complex problems in depth, the Institute builds on DUs dedication to the public good by supporting research and scholarship on aging in a variety of disciplines. Lab scientists, social workers, psychologists, lawyers, education specialists, business faculty members, and others are routinely involved. The work of the Institute is truly collaborative work, leveraging the assets of the DU community in the discovery and design of knowledge and engagement across our campus and around the world.

Position Summary

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, KIHA, seeks an entry level Lab and Operations Assistant to oversee their scientific laboratories and assist in daily operations. Duties include faculty research support, maintain inventory & supplies, administrative assistance, and assisting in daily operations.

The focus of this position is to assist KIHAs front office and research laboratory including responding to emails and phone messages, coordinating meetings, ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies, making stock solutions, maintaining laboratory chemical records and updates to laboratory staff. Daily Operations assistance includes gathering articles for the newsletter, assisting with event planning and execution, and assisting the Interim Director with scheduling and travel needs.

This position is a 1 year appointment with the possibility of renewal dependent upon funding.

Essential Functions

  • General office management
  • Reception of visitors and answering of telephones
  • Works with Faculty to maintain laboratory equipment, supplies, and procedures
  • Consults with external vendors to obtain RFQs in adherence with University Purchasing Policy
  • Coordinate Purchases, shipping and delivery for Laboratory Supplies and Equipment
  • Works closely with Building Manager to coordinate Key and Access Control for Labs
  • Facilitates Maintenance and Repair of KIHA tools and Equipment
  • Facilitates Maintenance /Repair/Replacement of Laboratory Equipment
  • Acts as safety liaison and handles and coordinates on maintenance issues
  • Be responsible for Core Equipment at KIHA including scheduling management appointments, negotiating maintenance contracts, and training new students to handle major KIHA equipment
  • Be responsible for CITI training and compliance of all KIHA personnel
  • Keep records of all KIHA students and faculty regarding CITI compliance and certificates
  • Ensure that all safety equipment including showers and eye stations are regularly tested and maintained
  • Ensure that biosafety cabinets and fume hoods are certified and in compliance with documented standards

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to learn new processes and procedures
  • Ability to work both as a team member and independently
  • Ability to work with students, professors and older adults
  • Ability to train others in lab processes, procedures
  • Knowledge of lab safety procedures

Required Qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft office, including Excel and Word
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including weekends, as required
  • Must be willing to learn and use new processes, tools, and equipment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or biology related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification)
  • Previous office experience
  • One to two years experience in a laboratory.
  • Familiarity with ASTM/NIOSH/ANSI/OSHA standards for Laboratory applications
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and ability to plan, organize and conduct safety orientations

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 6 hours/day, flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, January 21st, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 6.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $17.87 - $21.45

Benefits:
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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