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Imaging Facility, Research Lab Specialist

Employer
KHALIFA UNIVERSITY
Location
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
6 May 2024

DESCRIPTION

Research Lab Specialist - Research CMHS

Research Laboratory Specialist is responsible to work closely with the laboratory Principle Investigators (PIs) in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) to help assist in research laboratory operations and work in the foundation stages of research and development (R&D) and in scientific analysis and investigation.

Strategic Responsibilities

The Imaging Facility in CMHS at KU is dedicated to facilitate and help research activity by providing investigators and researchers advanced instrumentation and high-level technical and scientific expertise in operating and maintaining advanced imaging equipment, with a focus on microscopy and confocal technologies. We are seeking a Research Laboratory Specialist with advanced experience in animal handling to integrate an exciting scientific community at CMHS.

Key Responsibilities include:

Operation of Microscopy and Confocal Instruments:

  • Proficiently operate and calibrate various microscopy and confocal imaging systems.
  • Ensure proper functioning of equipment and troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise during operation.
  • Implement imaging parameters to achieve optimal results for diverse biological or materials samples.

Sample Preparation and Handling:

  • Collaborate with researchers to assist in sample preparation for imaging experiments.
  • Ensure proper handling and mounting of samples onto microscope slides or imaging chambers.
  • Implement staining and labeling techniques as necessary for enhanced visualization.

Data Acquisition and Analysis:

  • Capture high-quality images using microscopy and confocal systems.
  • Perform image analysis using relevant software tools to extract quantitative data.
  • Collaborate with researchers to interpret and present imaging results effectively.

Maintenance and Quality Control:

  • Conduct routine maintenance and calibration of imaging equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Maintain detailed records of equipment usage, maintenance, and any issues encountered.
  • Implement quality control procedures to ensure the accuracy and reliability of imaging data.

Training and Support:

  • Provide training to researchers and other staff on the proper use of microscopy and confocal equipment.
  • Offer technical support and guidance to users, addressing inquiries and resolving issues promptly.

Collaboration and Communication:

  • Foster a collaborative environment by liaising with researchers, principal investigators, and interdisciplinary teams to understand imaging needs and provide solutions.
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, promoting the facility's capabilities and services.

Quality Assurance and Compliance:

  • Implement and maintain quality assurance programs for imaging data, ensuring adherence to regulatory standards and best practices.
  • Monitor compliance with safety protocols and contribute to the development of facility policies.

Data Management and Analysis:

  • Oversee data storage, management, and security protocols for imaging datasets.
  • Collaborate with researchers on data analysis and interpretation, as needed.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Technical proficiency in imaging equipment operation and troubleshooting.
  •  Provide scientific, technical and logistical support to Research laboratory users.
  • Develop, design and conduct research lab experiments in line with the overall research plan, review progress and evaluate results with supervision from the Principal Investigator.
  • Formulate research methods and suggest options for improving quality, identify potential problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Assist in the selection, safe operation and maintenance of equipment used in the laboratories.
  • Conduct a cost and risk analysis on the design and the equipment to be selected to ensure proper and efficient selection.
  •  Work effectively as part of a laboratory team, including assisting colleagues in skill development as needed.
  • Maintain databases and experimental records.
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment and train others on use of equipment.
  • Assist with laboratory safety and ordering.
  • Ensure that all aspects of day to day operations comply with HSE policies and procedures and take corrective action in cases on non-compliance.
  • Conduct analysis of data, and interpret and implement research methodology (with supervision from the Principal Investigators).
  • Act as liaison with other departments, divisions or organizations.
  • Monitor an inventory and database of all equipment and supplies and ensure the accuracy of entries and records.

Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly.

  • Coordinate with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities, as and when needed.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s or Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Imaging Sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry) or equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience managing imaging facilities, preferably in a research or academic setting.
  • Proficiency in operating and troubleshooting various imaging modalities.
  • Strong understanding of safety regulations, ethical considerations, and compliance standards related to imaging research.
  • Proven experience operating microscopy and confocal imaging systems.
  • Proficiency in image analysis software and data interpretation.

Required Experience

  • Expats: 5 years of hands-on experience in imaging facilities techniques.
  • UAE Nationals: 1 year of hands-on experience in imaging facilities techniques.

Closing Date: 06 May 2024

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