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Research Technician- Montague

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Montague Lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is seeking a Research Technician to complete general laboratory operations and collect data for in-vitro and in-vivo research projects. The lab is currently employing advanced quantitative methods to conduct leading-edge research on the role of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) in the human brain to understand human cognitive function and dysfunction. The research technician will be responsible for in-vitro data collection to inform in-vivo models of human neurochemistry. The technician will also be responsible for operating equipment in a clinical setting during study sessions with research participants. The successful candidate should be detail oriented, keeping careful records of interactions with participants in a hospital setting (such as in an operating room or recovery suite during their stay).They should also be flexible and enjoy a fast-paced research environment.

Required Qualifications

- Must be an effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
- Must have basic lab experience including dilutions, weighing chemicals, and understand proper chemical handling
-Must have pipette experience, preferably with micro-concentrations
- Must be able to work independently and manage time effectively
- Must be detail oriented
- Must be comfortable with computer software
- Must be able to sit or stand a lab bench for extended periods of time
- Demonstrated interpersonal, analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail
- Must have a demonstrated ability to interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment, exercising judgement and high degree of confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

-B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a related field
-Pipette experience, preferably with micro-concentrations
-Interest in advancing human neuroscience through dedicated repeat-experiments
-Experience with lab equipment, such as a vortexer, centrifuge, pH meter, and balance
-Experience with HPLC, electrochemistry, and/or mass spectrometry
-Demonstrated communication skills
-Demonstrated ability to follow instructions
-Previous research experience

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


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