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Research Laboratory 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

Job Description

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking an experienced Research Laboratory Technician. The successful candidate is expected to support the College of Veterinary Medicine research, teaching, and clinical areas by doing biomedical disease research, with minimal supervision, by initiating and carrying out virology experiments and assays involving nucleic acid sequencing, cell culture, and laboratory animals. The research will focus on mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Usutu virus. This person is also expected to compile and analyze the resulting data according to specific instructions from the principal investigator. The position will also involve routine laboratory duties and maintenance of the lab. A one-year commitment to the position is desired. After one year, future opportunity to extend the position is dependent upon available funding.

Required Qualifications

BS in microbiology, molecular biology, or equivalent field; previous work experience in a research laboratory setting; previous experience performing virology, molecular, or cellular assays on nucleic acids and proteins such as cell culture or PCR; experience using word processing and spreadsheet software; knowledge of molecular biology and infectious diseases; ability to learn new procedures; ability to work independently, organize and assume responsibility; ability to work with more than one on-going project simultaneously; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

MS in microbiology, molecular biology, or equivalent field; previous experience managing laboratory operations including budget responsibilities and ordering supplies; previous experience performing laboratory experiments and procedures involving laboratory animals and sequence analyses.

Pay Band

3; Salary

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Salary Information

Salary: Pay Band 3 - to commensurate with experience 

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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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