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Laboratory Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Márquez lab will start at Virginia Tech’s Department of Biological Sciences in the summer 2024, and is looking for a lab and animal care technician.

We are hiring a full-time laboratory and animal care technician, whose main responsibilities will be to assist with the lab’s ongoing projects, manage the lab’s logistics, and lead the care of our captive frog colonies. Animal care will entail feeding and monitoring frogs on a daily basis, as well as rearing feeder insects (e.g. fruit flies), and maintaining the housing facility. Lab management will entail ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies, coordinating administrative procedures such as animal care and biosafety protocols, and assisting with the organization of lab activities. Research support will be mainly in molecular biology.

Depending on the technician’s interests and future goals, there will be the opportunity for supervised independent research within the scope of the lab’s research program. Technicians will also be able, and encouraged, to pursue professional development opportunities beyond their immediate responsibilities that align with their future career aspirations, such as workshop or job fair participation, or preparation of graduate school applications.

Required Qualifications

• Research experience in the biological sciences.
• Experience with live animal care, ideally in amphibians.

Preferred Qualifications

• A Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, or equivalent experience.
• Experience in research and husbandry with amphibians.
• Knowledge and experience in evolutionary genetics.
• Proficiency in molecular biology and/or bioinformatics, especially in the context of nucleic acid sequencing.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience within budget maximum

Review Date

January 31, 2024

Additional Information

Interested candidates should submit 1) a brief cover letter (1-2pg) highlighting their research
interests, relevant qualifications, and goals/aspirations for the position 2) a CV, and 3) contact
information for 2-3 professional references online at, job #527862.
Applications submitted before the review date will be given full consideration. After this date
applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

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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