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Job Req ID:  57196

Research Technologist

General Summary/Purpose:


The successful applicant will provide technical assistance to two laboratories: Lab A, that conducts molecular and celullular experiments to probe the control of transcription at the molecular level, and Lab B that probes the pharmacokinetics of compunds with antimalarial activity by quantitative liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).

In Lab A, after training by laboratory staff, the successful applicant will clone, express, and purify chimeric binding proteins associated with transcription, and perform SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, and other biochemical/molecular preparations and assays as they arise.  Specific cell immunostaining and microscopic data collection may be performed.  Tasks in Lab B will include use of UPLC in conjunction with mass spectrometer detection to assay drug concentrations in biological samples.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:


  • In Lab A, the Research Technologist, following procedures and experimental plans under the supervision of a faculty investigator and other laboratory staff, will prepare molecular and cellular components and perform experiments using those components and requisite laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Experiments will include expression of chimeric eukaryotic proteins, extraction and purification of molecules from a range of human and animal cells, insect cells protozoa, yeast, and bacteria, cell culture, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, protein expression, protein purification, and protein gel electrophoresis.
  • Accurately records experimental procedures and experimental outcomes and reports outcomes at routine internal laboratory group meetings.
  • In Lab B, the Research Technologist, following procedures and experimental plans under the supervision of a research technologist and faculty investigator, will assay drug concentrations in biological samples by LC-MS/MS methods. 
  • Preparing template spreadsheets for sample analysis; thawing, aliquoting, processing, and loading samples for analysis; programming and monitoring assay runs; downloading and processing quantitative results. 
  • Also included is routine startup, maintenance, and shutdown of the instrumentation. 
  • In both labs the successful applicant will be responsible (with other laboratory staff) for routine laboratory maintenance, preparing solutions and reagents, and preparing sterile media for cell and tissue culture.
  • Uses sterile technique to prepare culture reagents and perform cell experiments.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment and instruments used in research experiments.
  • Monitors inventory levels and orders materials and supplies.
  • After training, carries out day-to-day experiments and responsibilities with limited supervision. Makes day-to-day decisions and establishes work priorities.



Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements: 

PCR, electrophoresis, sterile cell culture hoods, centrifuges, microscopes, imagers, computers, LC-MS/MS



Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):


Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related fields.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience.
  • Two years of relevant laboratory experience preferred.
  • Experience in Biomedical research, cell culture, HPLC or UPLC chromatography, mass spectrometry.
  • Related independent biomedical research experience as a student and/or post-undergraduate. Skill with microscopic image capture, and analysis and graphing software is desirable. Experience in programming language like R will preferred.



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Molecular cloning and eukaryotic expression, sterile cell culture. 
  • Familiarity with liquid chromatography, facility with Excel software.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Pipetting skills are required.
  • Applicant must be willing to carry out experiments involving protein handeling and recombinant protein preparation, and sample extraction with organic solvents.
  • Experience in working with sterile technique.



Classified Title: Research Technologist 
Working Title: Research Technologist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.14-$19.44
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003113-SOM Pharm Pharmacology 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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