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Gnotobiotic Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Vet Med Research & Graduate Studies
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific, Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

This individual is expected to support the research using gnotobiotic (Gn) pig models by multiple PIs. She/he will be mostly involved in daily collection of rectal/nasal swab or blood samples from Gn pigs, process swab, blood and intestinal content samples; assistant in preparing and administering various inoculums/treatments to Gn pigs; perform euthanasia of Gn pigs, and processes tissue samples and isolates mononuclear cells from lymphoid tissues of necropsied Gn pigs during animal experiments. This person is also responsible in performing daily data entry to Gn pig sample logbooks and/or databases, and compile sample and animal lists for each research project according to specific instructions from the principal investigator. This person is also expected to perform the nightly 2 hr checks of newborn gnotobiotic pigs on the first day after the surgery.

Required Qualifications

Highly organized, responsible, flexible and versatile; ability to work on different laboratory duties and work with different PIs, and personalities; have excellent data entry, management and record keeping skill and experience; and have good communication and interpersonal skills. Proficient with Power point, MS Excel, and Word software.

Preferred Qualifications

B.S. in related field or AAS in related field with significant experience. Previous experience working with Gn pigs; previous experience working in a BSL-2 laboratory; previous experience handling biological samples from animals or humans.

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Pay Band 3; Salary - To commensurate with salary

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Additional Information

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

About Virginia Tech

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