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Laboratory Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 05/19/2017
Working Title Laboratory Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35203-Med-Anesthesiology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0133906
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Laboratory Technician.
The department of Anesthesiology research encompasses clinical trials, basic research, and translational research. We are a national leader in academic anesthesiology research, consistently ranked as one of the top anesthesiology departments in the nation in NIH funding.

The Laboratory Technician will be in charge of the overall function of the laboratory. S/He will be expected to take care of laboratory maintenance, safety and inspections required by the institution. Besides, s/he will also be in charge of performing and supervising the common lab duties needed for the good functioning of the lab (such as washing the lab dishes, autoclaving the consumables, keeping track of the lab inventory and do the ordering when needed). Good organizational and communication skills are required.
The other main duty of the lab technician will be to assist the research team in their experiments. S/He will participate in behavioral experiments involving rodent care, handling, injections, basic surgery and observation. S/He will also do rodent tissue preparation for immunohistochemistry (immunostaining and confocal microscopy), biochemistry (western blots, ELISAs…etc.), pharmacology and molecular biology experiments. A basic knowledge of cell culture methods is strongly recommended because the laboratory technician will also perform in vitro experiments with different cell lines. The successful candidate will be expected of improving the existing lab protocols when needed and of optimizing new protocols or techniques that may be needed. Electrophysiology and mouse breeding skills are a plus. Duties include acquiring data from subjects, processing, archiving and performing analysis of behavior, imaging and biochemistry data.
The successful candidate has the necessary interpersonal skills to work effectively with other members of the laboratory and of the department. This position will provide opportunities for contributing to publications, project management, and grant applications.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
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 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. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents