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Job ID: 122773

Lab Technician II
Washington & Lee University

Date Posted May 2, 2019
Title Lab Technician II
University Washington & Lee University More About This Institution...
Lexington, VA, United States
Department Cognitive and Behavioral Science More About This Department...
Application Deadline May 24, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Professional Staff
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Psychology - Behavior Analysis
    Psychology - General


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
FLSA: Exempt
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.

  • Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    Statement of Commitment to Diversity
    Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

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