Biology: Core Lab Supervisor RSA

Department and Code: Biology - 982                       

Immediate Supervisor: Justin Porter


Number of Student Associates in Position: 1

General Description of Position:


The RSA for the Core Labs holds lab meetings with the TAs once/week to go over that week’s material. He/she also sits in on the labs while in session and helps the students taking the lab with the procedures as well as with statistics. The RSA supervises the lab setup and take down. He/she is responsible for placing the TAs in each lab and setting up the TAs office hours.

Minimum Qualifications


Has to have taken Bio 130/131 and Bio140/141 and made a B or better, in all 4 courses and to have been a teaching assistant for the Core labs.

Preferred Qualifications


Some knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, and have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better.

Physical Demands: any heavy lifting, moving heavy objects, or long periods of sitting or standing. Make sure your job description is as ADA friendly as possible. Does your job require maneuvering of stairs or other unique physical requirements?


Some lifting but not usually over 30 lbs. Must be able to stand for 3 hours during the lab period.

The RSA for the Core labs needs to meet the minimum qualifications above and  preferably have been an outstanding TA. At present, every Core Lab RSA hired in the past has been a TA for the Core Labs at least one year. I expect the RSA to have taken an upper division biology lab, such as the biochemistry-molecular biology lab, BMB, the genetics lab or the microbiology lab. It is essential that the RSA has familiarized himself/herself with the location of Core lab supplies and be able to use common lab instruments such as a microcentrifuge, autoclave, balance, pH meter qualities usually found in a junior or senior biology student. I hire the RSA based on their leadership skills, grades and maturity in the lab.