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Research Laboratory Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Research Laboratory Technician
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0180247
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Position Summary:

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 dengue, Zika virus and chikungunya virus. The research will be related to viral and host factors associated with pathogenesis and evolution of mosquito-borne viruses. 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 two-year commitment to the position is desired. After two years, future opportunity to extend the position is dependent upon available funding.

Required Qualifications:

BS in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, engineering or equivalent field; experience using word processing and spreadsheet software; 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 work experience in a research laboratory setting; previous experience performing virology, molecular, or cellular assays on nucleic acids and proteins including cell culture and PCR; knowledge of molecular biology and infectious diseases; previous experience managing laboratory operations including budget responsibilities and ordering supplies; previous experience performing laboratory experiments and procedures involving laboratory mice and sequence analyses. Some coding (python, R, perl, etc…) experience would be a plus.

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How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position, the requirement and to apply, please go to To be considered, applicants MUST apply on-line to posting SW0180247 by the close date of April 26, 2018. If you have any questions please call our HR Service Center @ 540-231-9331 or email the HR Service Center at

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 2 years with possibility of extension depending on funding source.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Pay Band 3 - Salary; Commensurate with experience
Department: Veterinary Medicine Experiment Sta.
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-5:00PM
Posting Date: 04/12/2018
Review Begin Date:
Job Close Date: 04/26/2018
Restricted to university employees only? No
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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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

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