Research Technician

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Research
Posted on September 8, 2021
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Job Description

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences is seeking applicants for a Research Technician to provide responsible and skilled technical assistance in support of research projects by completing assignments; requiring proficiency of research techniques, data analysis, and record keeping.

Required Qualifications

Working knowledge of biological and chemical laboratory safety practices, procedures, and principles; experience and/or familiarity with setting up and operating a variety of laboratory equipment (thermocycler, spectrophotometer, electrophoretic apparatus, hybridization oven, electroporator, pH/redox probes); experience with interacting effectively with diverse groups; strong communication skills; experience working on multiple tasks; setting priorities and meeting deadlines; proven organizational skills; experience and/or willingness to work as a team member.

Preferred Qualifications

B.S. in biology, analytical chemistry, microbiology, or related field; or an equivalent level of training and/or experience; and/or M.S. degree in biological sciences or work experience in biological or analytical laboratory. Experience with molecular techniques (nucleic acid extraction and quantification; sequence analyses; PCR design; qPCR; electrophoresis; and transformation); experience with aseptic technique and bacteriological skills need in the isolation, handling, growth and characterization of bacteria from the environment or clinical specimens; experience with the disposal of biohazardous or chemical waste; working knowledge of computers and associated software, statistics are a plus. The lab desires a candidate with a strong work ethic; who is cooperative; demonstrates professional conduct and takes pride in their work.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

September 24, 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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