Lab Technician

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Science
Posted on September 13, 2021
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Job Description

The primary objective of this position is to support Research Faculty with laboratory and research functions related to virology and food science at Virginia Tech. This position will contribute to an extramurally funded multidisciplinary research program focusing on SARS-CoV-2, food, and food prep surfaces. This position requires previous experience with viruses in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories, proficiency with standard virology assays, and willingness to learn additional lab-specific skills. The position will be located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Must already be living in and able to work legally in the US (project timeline mandates immediate start).

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Food Science, Biology, (or a closely related field) or relevant applicable experience or training. Significant experience in microbiology, particularly with viruses in BSL2 environment. Proficiency with cell culture, plaque assays, qPCR, virus propagation. Strong written and oral communication skills, and willingness to assist in preparation of manuscripts and presentations. Experience in working in a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment, good work ethic, self-motivated, enthusiasm for this project, team player. Must already be able to work legally in the US (project timeline mandates immediate start).

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree, experience in working in BSL3, proficiency with statistical analyses and software, interest in public health and translation of lab-based research to stakeholders.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Review Date

September 21, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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