Entomology Lab Manager

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SierTek Ltd. is seeking an Entomology Laboratory Manager to support an opportunity at Wright Patterson, AFB, Dayton, Ohio.

Position Overview

The 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate human performance research, education and consultation under a single organization. Established under the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 711 HPW is comprised of the Airman Systems Directorate (RH) and the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM). The Wing delivers unparalleled capability to the Air Force through a combination of world class infrastructure and expertise of its diverse workforce of military, civilian and contractor personnel encompassing 75 occupational specialties including science and engineering, occupational health and safety, medical professions, technicians, educators, and business operations and support.


Essential Job Functions

Pick up samples from shipment locations. Complete in-processing of samples. Assist with the identification of medically important pests and arthropods; assign laboratory sample reference numbers. Assist with testing, analyzing, preparing, storing, vouchering and curating samples as directed by the program manager.

Compile, analyze and report Entomology related surveillance data and performance metrics to stakeholders as directed by the program manager.

Report test results to the Program Manager.

Input test results in databases and spreadsheets. Prepare results reports for submitting organizations in an accurate, professional and timely manner. Send reports via email or other method to submitters. Respond to inquiries about samples, tests, etc. from submitting organizations or other stakeholders. Contact submitting organizations regarding shipment and sample inquiries, collect and document required information.

Complete data entry, perform data quality checks for accuracy, database entry corrections, and maintain databases and files (electronic and hard copy). Assist with form creation and completion as needed.
Input data into the Entomology database and also utilize Microsoft Excel to maintain entomology sample and other program data (ex. inventories). Input or accession samples, information and associated sequence data in NCBI GenBank or BOLD Systems as directed by the program manager.

As directed by the program manager, completes and submits forms and performs other administrative tasks to meet requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, International Air Transport Association, US Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory and 711 HPW.

Responds to inquiries and provides information to these entities as directed by the program manager.

Assists with regulatory compliance of Entomology laboratory activities with federal, state, local, installation, and international requirements.

Put together supply orders based on needs or inventory status. Complete tracking, receipt and shipment of supplies as directed, accurately and safely following operating procedures.

Complete tracking, receipt and shipment of samples and equipment and supplies, both incoming and outgoing as assigned by the program manager. Follow all applicable rules and regulations for shipping items.

Maintain laboratory space, equipment and instruments. Ensure working areas are organized, clean and well-stocked. Assist with routine laboratory maintenance and management tasks. Prepare aliquots, dilutions or preparations of reagents or stocks or samples as directed by laboratory personnel. Organize and maintain laboratory reagent and supply hard copy and electronic binders or folders.

Request Information Technology support or facilities maintenance support for the laboratory. Follow up as needed.

Assist with the determination of laboratory supply needs; Identify catalog numbers of needed supplies. Maintain reagents supply inventory and monitor expiration dates to ensure unexpired supplies are available to lab personnel.

Assist with proper storage and disposal of hazardous/biohazardous/biological waste and adhere to other biosafety measures as needed. Assist with maintenance of SDS binders and lab signage and posted safety documentation. Dispose of trash and laboratory waste in accordance with USAFSAM guidance.

Contact appropriate technicians for inoperable equipment or instrument repair.

Coordinate with Biomedical Equipment Technicians and others needing access to the laboratory and complete associated tasks. Contact technical support services by phone or email as needed to request assistance with instruments and equipment, or to obtain quotes for services or technical solutions to issues. Arrange for maintenance, calibration, repair, replacement and disposal of laboratory instruments and equipment as directed by the program manager.

Support research and evaluation of new surveillance technologies and methods with the goal of improving the efficiency and efficacy of Air Force vector surveillance.
Maintain detailed and accurate records of experimental trials. Summarize trial results and assemble study reports.

Perform literature searches as directed by the program manager. Save and/or update and organize Entomology literature according to standard formatting. Organize and maintain literature folders. Order literature and other materials from the Library for office or lab use.

Enter Entomology consults and projects into the Public Health Consult database. Update and maintain information on current projects and close out projects as needed.

Log receipt of entomology program administrative tasks and emails, and assist with meeting, telephone conferences and Air Force Teams scheduling. Identify due-outs and estimate timelines for task completion.

Compile vector-borne and zoonotic disease ecological, epidemiological and entomological data from publicly available sources. Support program manager to obtain medical zoology information and data.

Request articles, textbooks and other resources from the library or other sources as needed to meet entomology program mission objectives.

Ensure entomology program IT, computer, laptop and software resources are functional for users, and updated and in compliance with IT requirements. Submit IT tickets and follow up with IT support and helpdesk to ensure IT issues are resolved.

Organize and stock lab supplies, prepare sample tubes and other consumables for use, clean and disinfect working surfaces, and discard or dispose of expired supplies, chemicals and reagents or excess items.

Assist with creation or development of AF or DHA Public Health training materials in areas of medical zoology, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, arthropod vectors and pests and other emerging or novel related issues.

Update AF or DHA public health entomology website with policies and resources, or other documents and materials as directed by the program manager.

Assist laboratory personnel with special studies. Tasks may include but are not limited to: ordering books or other new or special materials, inventory control, arrangement for storage, dehydration of samples, dissection and mounting of samples, creation of custom labels for voucher slides, and data entry of results.
Arrange facilities maintenance visits, Bioenvironmental Engineering visits and IT service requests or visits as needed. Submit requests in a timely manner and follow up to ensure work completion.

Prepare forms and equipment/instrument request packages to purchase new items in a timely manner. Assist PH Technicians to compile package details from information contained in medical logistics ordering system (DMLSS) and E-cat (electronic catalog). Request vendor quotes as needed.

Minimum Position Requirements

Possess an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution in biology, environmental health or another science field.

Possess proficiency in Microsoft Office products

The Contractor must have a Non-Disclosure Agreement in place with their company, and the company must provide a copy to the Program Manager of this effort. This is necessary in order to mitigate transfer of any confidential, proprietary and/or sensitive information while in this position.

Must be able to obtain a Tier 1 background check.

Highly Desired Qualifications

Possess specialized experience working full time as documented by employment history in a military or civilian entomology or vector surveillance program.

Possess experience working in public health or environmental health as documented in employment history.

Possess demonstrated ability to follow safety rules, operating instructions and maintenance procedures to ensure occupational, regulatory and legal compliance.
SierTeK is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. Employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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