Lab Assistant

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Lab Assistant will assist in the daily operations and laboratory procedures performed in the laboratory. Provide general and specific research support for laboratory involved in the biorepository of COVID-19 related samples.

Essential Duties:

Processing of clinical samples of patients related to COVID-19 research.
Record and compile information related to research data.
Follow protocols for storage and organization of samples.
Perform sample separation and aliquoting for internal and external collaborators.
Formulate and prepare solutions and buffers as well as culture media.
Perform freezing, thawing and maintenance of bacteria strains in culture, using biosafety level 2 practices.
Perform serological and molecular biological techniques and experiments, such as PCR, DNA extraction, cell culture and ELISA, based on pre-existing protocols.
Assist in experiments related to animal research, including schedule of animal checking in accordance with animal protocol.
Set up, operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
Maintain an inventory of lab supplies and order supplies as necessary.
Assist in laboratory oversight of cleanliness and safety items.
Help with other clerical/technical needs, including library searches.

The following Essential Duties are generic in nature. The information in this Position Focus is most relevant to the role.

Essential Duties

1. Records data and results. 2. Prepares chemical solutions and media. Orders, stocks and distributes supplies. 3. Maintains work area and cleanliness of laboratory. Washes and sterilizes glassware and equipment. 4. May assist in procedures using animals. May compile data on scientific/laboratory procedures. 5. Performs additional functions incidental to laboratory activities.

Required Education and Experience

Two years of related work experience and a high school level education; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Well-organized with the ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative as well as to establish priorities to accomplish daily tasks in an efficient manner. Ability to work independently and under minimal supervision and solve problems.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Meticulousness and accuracy in performing both lab procedures and record keeping to document laboratory practice and results.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Self-motivated and willing to learn new techniques and procedures.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in public health. Experience with microbiology and molecular biology and BSL2 practices. Experience with clinical samples including blood and saliva.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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