• Lab Services Technician

    Location AN-Saint Maarten
    Job ID
    2018-102661
    Institution
    American University of the Caribbean (AUC)
    Department
    Microbiology & Immunology
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    No FLSA
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    The candidate will apply their experience of scientific, laboratory settings to support the growing diagnostic and research activities in the Laboratories.

    Responsibilities

    • The successful applicant will ideally have broad experience in microbiology and molecular biology and must:
    • Be able to perform routine and standardized biological and biochemical examinations;
    • Have the capability to learn and perform specialized analytical examinations and procedures;
    • Accurately prepare reagents, standards, buffers and stock solutions;
    • Use or operate equipment and instruments such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, pH meters, and other standard laboratory equipment;
    • Perform necessary analyses and calculations as well as record data as needed;
    • Assist with the overall upkeep and maintenance of the lab which involves inventory and restocking of lab supplies and reagents, routine cleaning and making of stock buffers and other routine tasks as assigned and be able to use simple laboratory equipment e.g. balances, pH meters, microplate readers;
    • Have primary responsibility for purchasing necessary supplies and equipment as instructed.

     

    The laboratory technician will be required to perform any additional work related to the various laboratory disciplines. The individual must be willing to work safely with potentially pathogenic organisms and materials; as well as toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals and potentially carcinogenic substances. The successful candidate will ideally be able to communicate effectively with the professional team at AUC.  
     
    Bench Duties   Candidates will have skills the following areas with the ability to specialize in one or more areas.  
       
    Microbiology;   Under supervision, perform routine standardized biological, microbiological and biochemical examinations and analyses. Prepare media which includes sterilization, pouring of plates and tubes. Receiving and processing of samples which require a working knowledge of aseptic/sterile techniques, understanding of the use and plating to the various agar media employed within the microbiology section, staining procedures, culture and sensitivity, and microscopy. Be able to prepare the necessary laboratory reagents under appropriate supervision. Additional tasks include cleaning, washing and regular maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment. Ensure that the laboratory is kept clean, organized and well maintained. This includes but is not limited to sterilization and proper disposal of waste material. Maintaining regular inventory of basic reagents and supplies; and informing the lab director, manager and/or professor when additional supplies are needed.   Serology;   Be able to perform ELISA tests for microbial antigens and antibody detection.

     

    Research; Be capable of learning new techniques and new analyzer methodologies.  Give meticulous attention to data recording.   Catalogue, freeze and label all serum samples.

    Possess the ability to teach related laboratory subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of the instructional team. The technician will be required to assist the students in their laboratory work-ups and train the students to have good laboratory practice (GLP) skills.


    Completes other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    ·         Bachelor’s Degree, or Associates Degree combined with Additional years of experience.

    ·         Minimum 2- 4 years’ experience in a research laboratory preferred.

    ·         Good knowledge in Microsoft Office, Windows XP, 7 and 8 and database applications.

    ·         Background in science/biology.

    ·         Be capable of learning new techniques and new analyzer methodologies.

    ·         Proven ability to communicate professionally in a corporate veterinary medical environment.

    Flexibility to work weekends and holidays. 

    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an international medical school preparing physicians for careers in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. AUC was founded in 1978 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine, which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the World Health Organization. AUC offers a diversity of students, primarily US citizens and permanent residents, with the opportunity to pursue a high-quality medical education. AUC graduates are practicing medicine in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the United States, with many earning Chief Resident positions and other positions of leadership.

    AUC employs a U.S. model curriculum, with two years of medical sciences taught at the St. Maarten campus, followed by two years of clinical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom. AUC is known for its student–centered environment, a faculty passionate about teaching, and a commitment to giving students who have the desire, the persistence, and the intellectual capacity an opportunity to become outstanding physicians. In 2013, AUC achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).

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