The Department of Cognitive & Behavioral Science Lab Technician II supports research and teaching activities related to the department’s technological resources, equipment, and facilities. Responsibilities include oversight of installation and maintenance of software programs and laboratory equipment; logistical support of laboratory-based courses; instruction of undergraduate students in specific technological and laboratory skills; logistical support of faculty research programs, and care and maintenance of animal colonies used in research.
STATUS: Full-Time, 12 Month, With Benefits
WORK HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday – Friday with occasional animal care duties on weekends and holidays; On Call for equipment/facility failures and animal care needs
MINIMUM PAY: $56,863 / annual
Essential and Related Functions:
Maintains and supports departmental facilities: Coordinates repair, maintenance, and upgrades of facilities with Facilities Management staff. Coordinates computer purchases/replacements and software implementation and maintenance on computers in teaching spaces with Information Technology Services staff. Develops, maintains, and implements procedures for routine maintenance and calibration of equipment. Oversees service contracts and associated service visits. Assists and oversees the movement of large equipment and occasionally builds and installs new lab equipment.
Coordinates care, maintenance, and support of animal colonies utilized in faculty research programs and student research mentorship in accordance with IACUC standards: Handles and cleans cages of rodents, amphibians, and invertebrates. Assists and oversees training of students on IACUC standards of care and animal surgical procedures and tissue preparation.
Manages department teaching and research equipment and facilities in a cost-effective manner within a prescribed budget: Inventories equipment, supplies, and materials. Maintains, operates, and supports equipment and instrumentation and installs and supports data acquisition and lab equipment. Evaluates and identifies opportunities for improvement in current equipment, instrumentation, and budget for teaching and research activities. Monitors and orders feeding and bedding materials needed for animal colonies.
Assists in the research training mission of the department: Instructs faculty and students in the proper use of equipment, instrumentation, and software. Assists in the development of new experiments, demonstrations, and activities for teaching labs and courses. Assists in the instruction of lectures and laboratories including presenting demonstrations. Is responsible for coordinating experimental setup for teaching labs and assists in setup of experimental and computational research. Assists students managing course projects and helps train students working on independent study projects.
Utilizes scientific writing skills: Assists in providing written feedback on student IRB proposals to facilitate IRB approval of student research projects.
Supports productive and efficient faculty research programs: Implements, reviews, and oversees the department safety guidelines. Assists faculty with logistics of conducting research. Provides support to new and visiting faculty and coordinates with other academic departments and programs that use department resources.
B.A. or B.S. and relevant experience in a behavioral science laboratory setting (direct experience in a psychology lab is preferred). Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R) and experimental design software (e.g., E-prime) strongly preferred. Experience in managing facilities and equipment, including assessing repairs and maintenance of equipment. Basic carpentry and machining skills. Ability to care for and handle captive rodents or willingness to obtain these skills.
Heavy workload requires the incumbent to be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, and possess strong organizational skills. Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently, as well as to communicate and interact effectively in a professional, confidential, and courteous manner with faculty, staff and students. Should be able to work with frequent interruptions and manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines.