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Lab Technician (Thompson Lab)

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Thompson laboratory in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech is looking for a part-time laboratory technician who can independently oversee research activities within the laboratory. This position supports projects focused on the effects of changes in thyroid hormone signaling on brain development in Xenopus laevis tadpoles. This position is a research position that is expected to function with relative independence and responsibility as well as report directly to the laboratory director Dr. Chris Thompson. The lab technician will be involved in many aspects of experiments and is expected to achieve independence very quickly. .

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in the use of animals in research, especially with animal handling and principles of anesthesia;
  • Experience with histology in neural tissues, RNA processing and analysis;
  • Experience using a microscope such as confocal imaging.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS (or the pursuit thereof) or equivalent in Neuroscience, Biology, Chemistry, or a related discipline;
  • Basic knowledge of molecular neuroscience and a fundamental understanding of standard laboratory equipment ranging from centrifuges to PCR;
  • Experience with aquatic animals, transfection of plasmid DNA into vertebrate cells, and live animal imaging.

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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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