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Job Req ID:  78224

Research Technologist

The Oncology Department is seeking a Research Technologist who will work under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or post-doctoral fellow as well as semi-independent work and will be responsible for laboratory research using established procedures and protocols. The position requires a basic understanding of molecular techniques required to carry out laboratory experiments, the ability to apply basic analytical skills to implement assigned projects and identify situations needing special attention.


The research focus of the laboratory is on the assembly and morphogenesis of herpesviruses. Using recombinant baculovirus technology to produce virus-like particles for structural studies and proteomic analysis. Creating recombinant viruses tagged with fluorescent reporters (GFP) to visualize in real-time virus particle movement within cells and in neurons. New projects also focus on development of protein microarrays using a virion display method for human transmembrane proteins. In addition, in conjunction with the Synthetic Biology team at JCVI we are synthetic biology methods to assemble the large genomes of herpesviruses.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Uses molecular biology methods (cloning, PCR assays, mutagenesis), cell culture methods (transfections, virus infections, cell line maintenance), biochemical procedures (protein electrophoresis, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, protein purification, protein microarray, immunofluorescence), recombinant herpesvirus and baculovirus generation. 
  • Applies analytical skills to implement assigned projects.
  • Maintains accurate and current data records.
  • Organizes and records plasmid constructs and stocks.
  • Maintains freezer stock and supply inventory.
  • Responsible for maintenance of lab and equipment.
  • Identifies and trouble-shoots methods and experimental procedures. 
  • Exercises independent judgment. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills are required.


Supervision of Others:

  • Will supervise undergraduate students.


Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements: 

  • Centrifuges, pH meter, analytical balance, pipettes, spectrophotometer, fluorometer, electrophoresis equipment, digital photography equipment, and DNA thermal cyclers.
  • General computer skills, with experience with Microsoft Office


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or related field. 
  • Some related post-undergraduate experience in a comparable laboratory, or a significant independent research project, not related to normal course requirements preferred.


Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Classified Title: Research Technologist
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $15.00 - $20.40 - $25.50/hr (Commensurate with Experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8am- 4:30pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Onc Viral Oncology 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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