Lab Technician
Salt Lake City, UT
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Job Description

The Department of Biochemistry is seeking a Research Technician to study unexplored interactions between HIV and host cell components. Ideal candidates will be organized, inquisitive, and passionate about science. They should be prepared to work responsibly and carefully, and should be able to communicate clearly in a team environment. Candidates with prior laboratory experience with basic molecular biology, virology, and protein biochemistry techniques will be preferred, but extensive experience is not required for the position. Once hired, the technician will be trained in a wide variety of cutting-edge techniques and learn to operate sophisticated biological equipment. They will report to the principle investigator of the project and will work toward developing a level of independence that requires minimal supervision with respect to planning, performing, and optimizing experiments. Their research will focus on understanding fundamental principles of HIV-host interactions, which may lead to new insights in cell biology and guide the design of new antiviral therapies.

Responsibilities

1. Performs routine laboratory work and more sophisticated experiments using complex equipment (including, but not limited to: molecular cloning, isolation of blood-derived immune cells, genomic engineering of cultured cells, virus production, virus infections, studies of protein-protein interactions, protein structure analysis, western blotting, qPCR, ELISAs, luciferase bioassays, and flow cytometry).

2. Procures supplies and materials needed for laboratory research.

3. Conducts literature searches to find abstracts, uncover new materials and methods, and obtain other useful information for research.

4. Confers with senior laboratory personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research (recommending modifications as needed).

5. Effectively communicates with other members of the research team.

6. Maintains detailed notes on experimental procedures and records all acquired data according to NIH guidelines.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or other scientific disciplines in a related field or equivalency required; knowledge of complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials and substances. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations and prepare reports required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. OSHA training and certification in animal care and use or the willingness to complete the certification may be required by some departments.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

Although extensive experience is not necessary for the position, ideal applicants will have prior laboratory experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cell culture
  • Molecular biology
  • Protein biochemistry
  • Virology/Immunology

Candidates who may be considering medical school or graduate school in the next 1-3 years are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae (CV), a brief summary of any research experiences, and two references with contact information.

Type Benefited Staff Special Instructions Summary
Job Type Full-time