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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 0135135
Hiring Range $30,732.00 - $49,296.00
Position Description

This position will serve as a Senior Research Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research (CVR), Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). The incumbent will be responsible for conducting independent methods and procedures for research involving virology, molecular, and cellular biology in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine BSL3 work in the Regional Biocontainment Facility (RBL). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing specialized sample processing techniques such as blood/tissue processing, RNA extraction, flow cytometry, PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA, plaque assay, and sequencing. Incumbent will be responsible for designing and conducting independent studies; analyzing, preparing, interpreting and presenting data as a means of providing recommendations to PI based on analyses; maintaining tissue culture lines and generating primary cell cultures; independently initiating and troubleshooting research protocols; supervising and training other professional research personnel in specialized techniques; operating and maintaining laboratory equipment; maintaining thorough documentation of laboratory results and ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies. 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

Master’s degree preferred. Degree in biology, microbiology, or other related science required. Laboratory experience in biology, molecular biology, immunology and virology is 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.

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 8:30-5:00; 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 higher 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. Other Document
Optional Documents