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Laboratory Assistant

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 07/17/2017
Working Title Laboratory Assistant
Job Classification Research II
Department Name 35222-Med-Neurological Surgery
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135284
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Laboratory Assistant in the department of Neurological Surgery.

The Laboratory Assistant will be involved in research studies involving brain tumor cells, animal models of brain tumors and will need to be proficient in cell culture under sterile conditions, immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, and cell proliferation and viability assays. Experience with protein, RNA, and DNA analysis is highly encouraged.

Other responsibilities will include:
-Ordering laboratory equipment and supplies
-Preparing laboratory equipment for use
-Independently performing laboratory procedures and tests
-Recording the conduct and outcome of laboratory analyses
-Mentoring students working in the laboratory
-Maintaining a database of laboratory equipment, supplies, and cell lines, and samples
-Familiarity with Excel or other computational software is encouraged to facilitate preparation of graphs, charts, and tables

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

Minimum requirement is a Bachelors degree in a biology, chemistry or neuroscience field, plus at least 2-3 years of professional level research experience.

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. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter