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Research Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/13/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 05/13/2018
Working Title Research Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35210-Med-Immunology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0136170
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The mission of the Department of Immunology is to discover new mechanisms and pathways of the immune system to enrich human health by combating and preventing disease, enhancing vaccination, and controlling autoimmunity. The department has a mission of training students, post-doctoral fellows, physicians and other young scientists to be proficient in immunology.

The Department of Immunology is seeking a qualified Research Technician. The Research Technician position will be responsible for carrying out a variety of experiments in cellular and molecular immunology. These include maintaining cells and cell lines in tissue culture, performing fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis, and cell proliferation assays. Procedures also include infections and transfections with retroviral and lentiviral vectors and handling of nucleic acids and proteins. Standard assays such as PCR based mycoplasma testing are required to be performed, and the incumbent will be responsible for the breeding, maintenance, and screening of several transgenic mouse lines by PCR. The incumbent will also assist with mouse experiments such as vaccinations and tumor cell injections.

The incumbent is also responsible for maintaining computer files and managing data, ordering lab supplies, and maintaining a general laboratory inventory.

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

BS in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry preferred. Laboratory experience in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, or other related fields required. Computer literacy and knowledge of mathematical and chemical principles 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 Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Work Schedule is primarily during business hours, 8:30am – 5pm, but could occur during evenings/weekends department on workload/experimental/laboratory needs.

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
  2. Curriculum Vitae