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Research Technician

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Biological Sciences
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Hoyt and Langwig labs are searching for a research staff member to assist in general lab management and database maintenance and curation. This position is part-time, not to exceed 1500 hours per year. The Langwig and Hoyt labs at Virginia Tech focus on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease. Both labs are housed at Steger Hall within the Fralin Life Sciences Institute. Primary essential duties will include (1) database management and curation including entering, error checking, and documentation of all data pipelines which include field, lab, instrument, and partner datasets, (2) management of health and safety of the physical laboratory and ensuring compliance with institutional policies, (3) assistance in day-to-day lab and field operations including ordering supplies, shipping packages, prepping sampling vials, making simple solutions, (4) assistance in permitting and reporting for animal care committees and wildlife agencies . Additional tasks dependent on the candidate may include (5) molecular biology skills for extracting and testing pathogen samples, and (6) culturing and maintenance of fungal isolates, and (7) assistance in field work (10%). There are considerable opportunities for independent project development, and skill development (including quantitative and computational skills if of interest).

Required Qualifications

- Exceptional communication skills for communicating with diverse groups including environmental health and safety personnel, animal care technicians, veterinary staff, scientific supply companies, university support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.
- High-level organizational abilities including attention to detail, careful checking of work, and ability to write detailed laboratory protocols.
- Basic lab skills including pipetting, making solutions, and ability to follow standard lab protocols.

Preferred Qualifications

- B.S. in biology, microbiology, epidemiology, ecology, or a related field.
- Previous experience working in a laboratory environment, potentially including experience with sample extraction and qPCR.

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Salary Information

$19 - $24, commensurate with experience

Review Date

July 1, 2022

Additional Information

Interested candidates should submit (1) a CV and (2) a cover letter of up to two pages,
highlighting the skills relevant to the proposed position, with particular consideration to items
1-7 above (3) contact information for three references. Questions about the position can be
directed to Dr. Kate Langwig at

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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