Provides critically complex research and experimentation for departments allowing the advancement of scientific analysis and discovery. Serves as a subject matter expert offering support, training and guidance relative to the discipline/area. May participate and or present on the research developed, or the established work of those within the department.
This position will require the performance of synthetic organic chemistry in a laboratory equipped for chemical synthesis initially under the supervision of a staff scientist and principal investigator with the expectation of working independently after training; basic understanding of spectroscopic methods of analysis, particularly NMR; ability to purify compounds by column chromatography and monitor reactions by thin layer chromatography; maintaining records of laboratory experiments; writing of chemical methods and reports; maintaining chemical inventory; performing laboratory safety inspections; computer skills in word processing and other programs related to the design of chemical reactions and molecular modeling.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Performs complex analyses, experiments and project work under general direction of the PI. Serves as a representative for PI and ensures procedures and protocols are adhered to consistently and effectively meet departmentâ™s standard. Exhibits a high degree of independent problem solving and ability to conduct research on assigned projects. May serve in lead role, as needed.
Plans, develops, organizes and formalizes research results and findings. May develop for presentation and/or present on behalf of department. Conducts literature searches related to research projects. Writes/co-authors publications and/or papers supporting research findings in logical and sometimes multiple formats tailored to audiences. May participate in work related to grants.
Solves practical problems relating to difficulty with equipment or test subjects. Suggests technical/ procedural improvements in various methods. May develop and optimize experimental procedures and protocols. Provides high-level troubleshooting to advance process or lab procedures.
Serves as departmentâ™s research representative and may participate in various related meetings and events. Gathers/delivers data/information and serves as subject matter expert. Performs statistical data analysis, as needed. Presents research information to internal and/or external audiences.
Organizes and maintains required documentation on lab and/or specimen conditions, and can develop and summarize information into usable formats or presentations on behalf of the department. May communicate findings to various users or external audiences.
Performs all related work in accordance with established protocols and safety/compliance requirements.
May explain methods, lead or train other personnel or observers.
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards.Â The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to present on various research topics to internal or external audiences.
Ability to maintain complete and organized records and reports.
Demonstrated ability as a self-starter with strong critical thinking and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability and knowledge of computer software & lab equipment, including statistical software, spreadsheets, and lab management systems.
Ability to work in lab research environment.
Masterâ™s degree in a related field with seven years of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience equaling at least ten years.
$38,900.00 - $70,600.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
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