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Research Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/13/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 06/13/2018
Working Title Research Technician
Job Classification Research II
Department Name 35209-Med-Pediatrics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0132760
Hiring Range $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Position Description

The Research Technician will receive biological specimens (blood, CSF) on subject enrolled on clinical trials. Incumbent will log these in and will perform separation of plasma/serum from cellular fractions using density centrifugation, immunonomagnetic methods, perform immunofluorescent staining, multicolor surface and intracellular FACS analysis, proliferation (MLC), Luminex assays to measure cytokine production from purified cell populations in response to microbial antigens and /or allogeneic stimulator cells. The incumbent will also perform ELISPOT assay and must be comfortable with cell/tissue culture of primary human cells. He or she may also perform PCR assays.

The incumbent will also confer with Principal Investigators in determining specific experiments to be included in the research protocol and enter the collected data into a dedicated database. The Technician will assist in data recording and low complexity processing. Additional responsibilities include: preparing and disposing of reagents necessary for research, and maintaining lab inventory, including timely ordering of required supplies. A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or other basic science is required.

This position is located at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville. 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. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required Less than 1 year experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

A Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related scientific field 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 Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Position may require flexibility with shift/hours. Shift may go from 11AM to 7PM some days.

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