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Synthesis Technician

Apply now Job no: 514811
Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: FLSI Investments
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

GlycoMIP is a multi-university, federally funded center involving a large in-house research program, national user facility, and education and outreach program.  

The Synthesis Technician reports to the GlycoMIP Managing Director with accountability to the Director of the GlycoMIP Materials Facility. The Synthesis Tecnician works with the Technical Manager to execute and document carbohydrate-related research projects. This position oversees upkeep of synthesis-related equipment and reports issues directly to the Director of the GlycoMIP Materials Facility. It is expected that the Synthesis Technician will cross-train with other positions on lab responsibilities as well as be involved with GlycoMIP training and outreach. The Synthesis Technician will be a motivated team player to support the infrastructure, and assist with the operation of the User Facility on a day-to-day basis; including synthesis, chromatographic, and mass spectrometry resources.

Required Qualifications

• BS in Chemistry or related field, with an emphasis on organic synthesis
• Experience with independent laboratory research
• Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills
• Ability to follow standard operating protocols in a laboratory setting
• Capable of working in a team environment
• Demonstrated attention-to-detail and documentation of research activities

Preferred Qualifications

• Ability to trouble-shoot equipment
• Practical organic synthesis and purification skill sets
• Experience using laboratory management systems
• Experience with training and outreach activities

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Review Date

February 25, 2021

Additional Information

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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