Laboratory Specialist

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on July 20, 2021

Job Description

The Kojima Lab is looking for a responsible and well-organized laboratory technician who can assist independent research. A successful applicant will be involved in a research project to understand the function of a non-coding gene, and employ molecular and cellular biology techniques, including mammalian cell culture, CRISPR/Cas9 technology, RT-qPCR, and chromatin Immunoprecipitation. Depending on progress, the spectrum of techniques may expand to immunoblotting, bioinformatics, and other techniques of molecular/cellular biology. Additional responsibilities include the maintenance of laboratory inventory, stocks, records, databases, purchasing, as well as the general organization of the laboratory. The Kojima laboratory is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion at Virginia Tech, and we welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, and members of minorities or other disadvantaged groups.

Required Qualifications

  • One or more years of experience in an academic lab
  • Excellent organizational and accurate records-keeping skills
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience in basic molecular biology techniques (PCR, DNA cloning, RT-qPCR, immunoblotting etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry or a related discipline
  • Experience in CRISPR/Cas9, chromatin Immunoprecipitation, or any other biochemical techniques
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience but within budget maximum

Review Date

August 9, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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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