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Laboratory Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: School of Plant & Environmental Sci
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Lab technician position available in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The technician will be part of a team reporting to Dr. Bargmann and Dr. Westwood labs collaborating on projects to study single plant cells (protoplasts). We are leveraging transcriptome sequencing, computational image analysis, and our expertise in plant tissue culture to study the processes governing gene editing and regeneration for the purposes of both fundamental and applied research.

The projects will integrate cell and tissue culture, transient and stable transformation, high-resolution microscopy, bioinformatics techniques, and gene regulatory network analysis. The successful candidates may work with the model system Arabidopsis, non-model systems like the crops wheat and cassava, and the parasitic plant dodder.

Required Qualifications

Experience with plant tissue culture, microscopy, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics is highly desirable, but not all are required. Applicants should be self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic, and be willing to contribute intellectually in a team environment. Excellent communication skills are required

Preferred Qualifications

Research experience in molecular biology, plant genetics, plant biology, or related fields. Experience growing plants, especially those species related to the described projects.

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34,450 - 41,000

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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.

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.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. James Westwood ( or Dr. Bastiann Bargmann ( regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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