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Research Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 10/19/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 11/25/2017
Working Title Research Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35209-Med-Pediatrics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0131754
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh’s department of Med-Pediatrics is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Research Technician. The qualified candidate responsibilities will include, but are not limited to development work in the following:
Specific bench-related duties and responsibilities:
- Molecular Biology Techniques
- Next-generation sequencing based techniques including DNA/RNA, and cDNA library construction and sequencing using Illumina platforms.
- DNA/RNA extraction, purification, and quantification
- Qualitative/ quantitative real-time PCR
- Sequence alignments and graphical applications

Administrative duties include :
- Documents, compiles, and assists in the interpretation of experimental data using relevant computer software applications.
- Consults with senior scientists and scientific literature and reports data on project progress to supervisor and team.
- Attends team meetings to report on results, projects and experiments.
- Operates and maintains automated laboratory equipment.
- Prepares, and maintains laboratory stocks, solutions, and supplies.
- Establishes and maintains sample inventory and tracking.
- Assists in evaluating new equipment.
- Assumes other tasks as required.

Qualified applicants will possess independent problem-solving skills, molecular biological laboratory expertise and knowledge of underlying mechanisms, computer proficiency with basic scripting and command line aptitude is a definite plus, exceptional attention to detail. Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Immunology or related field plus laboratory experience in medical research required; 1-2 years of demonstrated experience with Next Generation Sequencing instruments including Illumina platform highly preferred, exposure to bioinformatics is a plus. 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.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Immunology or related field plus laboratory experience in medical research required. 1-2 years of demonstrated experience with Next Generation Sequencing instruments including Illumina platform highly preferred. Solid knowledge of molecular biology equipment and related protocols (including RNA and DNA preparation, RNA and DNA quantification, hybridization, PCR, multiplex amplification and bead-based solutions. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and LIMS-based systems for project management. Previous experience as a technician in a molecular biology laboratory preferred, exposure to bioinformatics is a plus. Good general laboratory and organizational skills including the ability to work independently and efficiently are essential. Ability to multitask is a must, along with an orientation toward teamwork and cooperation. Strong creative thinking and problem solving skills. Excellent communication skills 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

Position occasionally will require flexibility with shift/hours and will be required to work on the evenings and weekends. Limited travel may be required.

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?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter