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Laboratory Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: FLSI Investments
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The GlycoMIP Laboratory Technician reports to the Director of the GlycoMIP User Facility and works with the GlycoMIP User Program team, including the Managing Director, Program Coordinator and two Technical Managers. A critical staff-level position, the Laboratory Tech will conduct and document carbohydrate-related experiments and oversee upkeep of synthesis and characterization instruments in the laboratory. The individual will also help with maintenance of a centralized laboratory management system (Stratocore).

It is expected that the Laboratory Technician will cross-train with other positions on lab responsibilities as well as be involved with GlycoMIP training and outreach. The Laboratory Technician will be a motivated team player supporting the infrastructure and assisting with the operation of the User Facility on a day-to-day basis; including glycan synthesis and molecular characterization. Key services include mass spectrometry, preparative chromatographic purification, vibrational circular dichroism, Raman optical activity, surface plasmon resonance, microscale thermophoresis, and rheometry.

The GlycoMIP User Facility at Virginia Tech is an NSF-funded national resource for the synthesis and characterization of carbohydrate-based materials, advancing the field of glycomaterials through both research and education. Central features of the facility at Virginia Tech are automated glycan synthesizers and materials characterization tools. 

Required Qualifications

• B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related, life-sciences field, or equivalent experience and training
• Experience working in a chemical laboratory environment and handling chemicals
• 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 experiment activities

Preferred Qualifications

• M.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related, life-sciences field
• Ability to trouble-shoot laboratory equipment
• Practical organic synthesis and characterization skills
• Experience using laboratory management systems
• Experience with training and outreach activities

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Review Date

December 6, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

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.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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