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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 35209-Med-Pediatrics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0131825
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The Pediatrics Department at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Research Technician.

The Research Technician will assist the PI in organization and completion of experiments related to bone marrow transplantation, including bone marrow isolation and cell separation techniques. Many times, these experiments will involve sophisticated in vivo approaches with multiple time points coupled with a variety of experimental conditions. The technician will use a variety of cellular, molecular, and immunologic assays including RNA and DNA extraction, flow cytometry, qualitative and quantitative real time PCR, protein electrophoresis with Western blotting, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) and bio-energetic/metabolism assays. The technician will also be at the forefront of expanding and ongoing work with primary human immune cells.

The technician will also coordinate mammalian housing and care including mammalian husbandry, genotyping, phenotyping, timely weaning of pups and tracking/consolidation of specimen data. Specifically, this will include tracking elaborate and complicated genotyping information, with up to 6 or 7 different variables, on multiple cages of specimens.

Additional responsibilities include preparing and disposing of reagents, maintaining lab inventory, timely ordering of required supplies, and development of laboratory policies and procedures. The incumbent will also be expected to aid with grant proposals, reports and research publications and to participate regularly in laboratory meetings and journal clubs. It is also expected that the Research Technician will participate in the training and guidance of both students and post-doctoral fellows in the laboratory. At present, this includes 4 medical students and at least one undergraduate student, for whom the incumbent will be partially responsible from a scientific and experimental point of view.

There is no travel that is required with the position. However, in the past technicians have been given the opportunity to travel to regional conferences to present their work. There is no expectation that the technician will work evenings or weekends.

This position is located at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville.

TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.


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

A bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other basic science is required. A background in Immunology, Cell or Molecular Biology, in addition to small rodent handling, is highly desirable but not required. Two years of research experience 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 Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

This position will require some flexibility in terms of day-to-day hours (e.g. busy days might require 10 hours, while the next day only 6 hours will be necessary). This will invariably even out over the course of one 37.5 hour work week.

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 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