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Research Technician I

Under supervision, assists scientists with laboratory and investigative procedures. This role performs various assays, imaging experiments, and other technical duties to assist with the research activities of the laboratory and may be required to work with animal models and/or human subjects. A minimum two-year commitment is preferred due to a substantial training effort associated with the position.


  • Prepares and maintains detailed records, logs and summary reports of all procedures and results including graphs, scientific calculations, and statistical analysis charting.
  • Performs fluorescence microscopy experiments; collects data using various microscopes.
  • May be responsible for animal husbandry (mice), genotyping, surgeries, post-operative care, behavioral testing, sectioning and histology.
  • May be responsible for tissue & cell culture activities.
  • May perform routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, such as PCR, protein and DNA electrophoresis, cloning and DNA preparation.
  • May run routine biochemistry assays including western blotting and RT-PCR.
  • May perform microscopic imaging analyses.
  • May be responsible for the receipt, storage, cataloguing and shipment of samples within and between institutions.
  • Ensures a clean working area and is responsible for washing and storing glassware.
  • Ensures the safe laboratory practices are followed, including the use and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials.
  • Analyzes data using computer software and reports results to the principle investigator(s).
  • Provides technical support to faculty and staff including training of new employees, residents, postdoctoral associates, fellows and students.
  • Participates in planning and carrying out experiments. Assists in preparing research protocols.
  • Conducts library research and literature searches using various computer systems. Assists in editing scientific publications, abstracts and posters.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, equipment and/or reagents. May order supplies/equipment/reagents as authorized or ensure that needs are escalated appropriately. Receives supply orders and confirms accuracy of delivery. May assist with cost control.
  • Ensures that facilities and equipment are in optimal and proper working condition. Coordinates preventative maintenance and repairs as needed. May perform minor repairs if qualified and as needed. May advise on upgrades for performance enhancements.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree with emphasis in chemistry, biology, physics or mathematics.

Highly Desired Requirements
  • Some related experience in lab work.
  • Experience working with vertebrate animals (mice)
  • Knowledge of Word processing, and Excel spreadsheets.

Skill and Abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.