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Research Scientist

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Scientist
Faculty Rank: Research Scientist
Posting Number: SR0160031
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) represents a state of the art tier 1 research institute that houses many central core facilities. Currently, the VTCRI is looking for qualified candidates to fill a vacancy in the Flow Cytometry and Molecular Biology Core holding a Research Scientist rank. Requirements for this position include understanding and previous experience operating flow cytometers and cell sorters, and understanding of absolute quantification PCR techniques (droplet digital PCR) to assist scientists within the VTCRI in executing and interpreting their experiments. Additionally, knowledge of the flow cytometry software FlowJo is prefered.

The VTCRI is recruiting a Research Scientist that will be responsible for managing all aspects of the core including calendar coordination with VTCRI scientists, documentation of machine usage, performing standard maintence, and core-recovery billing. The successfully selected candidate is expected to have experience with care and use of flow cytometers and cell sorters including working with service representatives to ensure minimal downtime of core facilities. The candidate will also need to be able to analyze and interpret data to assist VTCRI faculty and staff with experimental design and data interpretation.

Required Qualifications:

-Ph.D. in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field.
-Experience interpreting and compiling data for peer reviewed publications and presentations.
-Significant research experience as documented by peer reviewed publications and presentations.
-Documented ability to work with limited supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Familiarity with Accuri C6 flow cytometer, Sony SH800 Cell sorter and BioRad ddPCR system.
-Demonstrated background in molecular and cellular biology.
-Demonstrated ability to train other lab personnel.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please go to, posting #SR0160031. Attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to the online faculty application. Review of applications will begin on March 21, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should notify the HR Service Center at 540-231-9331 or by the review date.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 1 year
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00-5:00 and as needed
Job Posting Date: 03/07/2016
Review Begin Date: 03/21/2016
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran 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 any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of References