Laboratory Support Technician

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 13, 2021
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Job Description

This position provides administrative and laboratory technical support for the Plant Disease Clinic and for the course, PPWS 4984/5984 (Plant Problem Diagnosis). Duties include, but are not limited to: processing plant samples received for diagnosis, culturing from plant tissue, performing diagnostic tests, preparing solutions and culture media according to work instructions, and preparing plant samples, cultures and handouts for class. The employee is also responsible for monitoring inventories of reagents and media and ensuring availability. The employee will perform molecular diagnostic techniques (i.e. PCR, real-time PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction). The employee will also perform routine lab maintenance tasks, such as dishwashing, calibration of equipment, filing, monitoring supplies and generally ensuring that the laboratory is clean and well-organized. The employee will also assist phone-in, email and walk-in clients in a professional manner. Additionally, the employee will be responsible for updates to the Plant Problem Image Gallery (PPIG), using the PPIG web application and Photoshop.

Required Qualifications

BS in Crops Soils and Environmental Sciences, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or a related area or equivalent applicable experience or training; Previous coursework, research and/or other experience in plant pathology and/or plant diagnostics; Experience in molecular biology techniques, such as PCR and real-time PCR.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with plant identification and diagnostics, sterile technique, culturing plant pathogens, culture media preparation; Experience performing PCR, real-time PCR, nucleic acid extraction, and gel electrophoresis and imaging; Experience with QuantStudio 3 real-time machine, Biolog Microbial Identification System, PClinic database, Excel, Google drive file stream, and Photoshop; Excellent communication skills and proficiency at multi-tasking with attention to detail in a fast-paced work environment.

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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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