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Senior Research Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 11/16/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 01/16/2018
Working Title Senior Research Technician
Job Classification Research IV
Department Name 35259-Med-Center for Vaccine Research (CVR)
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0133077
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

This position will serve as a Senior Research Veterinary Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research (CVR), Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). The incumbent will be responsible for performing manipulations and procedures on laboratory animals (rodents and monkeys) in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine work in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, inoculations, serum/blood collection, necropsy, tissue harvesting, temperature monitoring, daily weight and illness scoring, and imaging scans; operating and maintaining sensitive laboratory equipment; maintaining thorough documentation of laboratory results and ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies. The successful candidate will be required to perform specialized techniques on animals, including, but not limited to: plethysmography, aerosol exposure, radiotelemetry, and assist with surgical procedures. Incumbent may be required to assist with routine laboratory procedures as necessary. This position may require medical surveillance and vaccinations with licensed vaccines. This position will require successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation.

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

Degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent relevant experience is preferred. Experience with handling and manipulating animals in a laboratory setting (including monkeys), and a functional/working knowledge of animal husbandry and medicine, is essential.

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.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
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

Work schedule may vary – typical work schedule will be Monday – Friday 8:30-5:0o; however, other hours may be necessary based on assignments and deadlines.

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