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Research Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 03/20/2017
Working Title Research Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35219-Med-Neurology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134589
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The Research Technician sought for this position will support research projects conducted at the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND). Work will be conducted in the lab of Dr. J. Timothy Greenamyre in the Department of Neurology. The projects within this laboratory focus on investigating mechanisms of neuron loss in Parkinson’s Disease and related neurodegenerative diseases. We also investigate potential therapies to alter disease progression using a variety of pharmacologic and gene therapy interventions.

The duties of this full-time position will include work with laboratory animals, involving the following: management of rats during long term studies, intraperitoneal injections, intracardiac perfusions with fixative, and dissection of brains. Duties will also include: preparation of tissues for HPLC and biochemical analyses, processing of fixed tissues for cryopreservation, fluorescent immunohistochemical staining of tissue, basic cell culture techniques, confocal microscopy, and performing general laboratory duties, such as making solutions and buffers. The technician will also be responsible for data collection and analysis and will report to the principle investigator or postdoctoral scientists.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

A qualified applicant should have a background in biological sciences. A bachelor’s degree is required. Laboratory experience including experience with animals, behavioral studies, and biochemistry is preferred. Knowledge of computer-based entry using Word and Excel is required. Strong interpersonal skills, communication and the ability to work within a research team are required.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter