The general purpose of this position is to 1) coordinate and manage lab safety and chemical hygiene regulations and procedures in the joint plant sciences and genetics facilities, 2) maintain and operate chromatography equipment in the shared PSS/Davis College lab, and 3) provide technical support to genetics, plant and crop science, and horticulture research projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety – 30%
Perform the responsibilities of Chemical Hygiene Officer for the Plant Sciences and Genetics Laboratories, namely:
Develop, maintain, and update Chemical Hygiene Plans
Maintain Safety Data Sheets
Maintain annual chemical hygiene training records
Oversee hazardous waste storage and disposal; be current on legal status for regulated substances, and requirements for their proper use and disposal
Maintain the chemical inventory and monitor procurement of chemicals
Oversee chemical hygiene training of all students, staff and faculty
Work with administration and faculty to develop, implement, and direct appropriate chemical hygiene policies and practices
Audit each laboratory for compliance with the chemical hygiene plan and maintain these audits
Help faculty develop appropriate guidelines of chemicals usage and recommend upgrading of laboratory facilities whenever they are deemed as inadequate by the College’s Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer
Act as lab safety liaison With the College’s Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer, instruct graduate students and laboratory workers on safe laboratory procedures; oversee and manage all lab safety issues
Contact and guide technical representatives for maintenance of shared equipment, such as water purification systems and autoclaves
Implement the Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) policies
Major instrumentation and equipment – 30%
Maintain, calibrate, and operate several pieces of chromatography equipment including GC-MS, GC, UHPLC, and other shared pieces of equipment in the Analytical Biochemistry Core Lab housed in PSS (NASB 3406)
Ensure analyses comply with QA/QC protocols
Point of contact with WVU Facilities and outside vendors for routine maintenance and repairs of chromatography equipment and spaces housing such equipment
Training of students and researchers on sample preparation and biochemical analyses
Liaison with WVU shared facilities to coordinate use of chromatography equipment maintained by PSS as an affiliate lab of the WVU Shared Research Facilities through the iLab platform
Manage and maintain clean room and tissue culture space, laminar flow hoods, autoclaves, coolers, plant tissue grinders, real time PCR system and other shared equipment
Contact and guide technical representatives for maintenance of shared equipment.
Research support – 35%
Conduct laboratory experiments in the Plant Science and Genetics programs.
Maintain stock cultures of microorganisms, plant collections, and scientific equipment
Assist with greenhouse studies or field research plots, including sampling, data collection, and assisting with its management and analysis
Supervise students in laboratories and instruct new students and visiting scientists in laboratory procedures and the operation of lab equipment
Organize, analyze, and present scientific data.
Other duties as assigned – 5%
The hired person will be under the supervision of the Division director or a designated faculty member.
Master’s in plant science, genetics, biochemistry or related fields, or equivalent experience
Experience operating, calibrating, and validating results from a wide variety of chromatography equipment
Familiarity with molecular biology procedures and techniques
Effective communication, excellent organizational and task management skills
Excellent computational skills.
About West Virginia University
At the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, we pride ourselves on our small-school environment and high-quality undergraduate education – while offering all of the resources of a large university.
We’re more than a college – we’re a community. At the Davis College, we’ll know your name (and your major – and probably your hometown, too). You’ll get a personalized education with the quality and opportunities of a top research university.
The mission of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, conduct basic and applied research, engage in other creative and scholarly activities, and perform public outreach and service. Programs are designed to impart knowledge, train future leaders, address critical issues and enrich the lives of the citizens of West Virginia, while protecting the environment in which we live. These programs range from local to international in scope and promote the wise use of natural, renewable, and human resources.
The vision of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is to be a highly regarded institution that imparts k...nowledge, generates new information, anticipates societal needs, provides leadership in solving problems, engages citizens, and improves the quality of life for all people in the State.
The following core values and principles are embraced by faculty and staff of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. These values guide our teaching, research, and outreach activities and support our Mission:
We continuously strive to improve in the areas of learning, discovery, and engagement. We set high standards in these areas and work to exceed those expectations. We seek innovative and creative solutions to contemporary problems in agriculture, natural resources, and design.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Davis College play a critical leadership role in support of sustainable agriculture, natural resource, forestry, and consumer science policies and programs at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
The Davis College faculty and staff are committed to enhancing West Virginia’s rich legacy of natural, family, community, and economic resources for future generations.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Davis College are actively engaged with the citizens and communities of West Virginia to enhance the overall quality and health of citizens, communities, ecosystems, and economy of West Virginia.
We strive to work collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholder groups including students, parents, alumni, state and federal government, business, industry, communities, citizens, and nonprofit groups in support of our mission.
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