The Laboratory Technician will perform routine lab processes and follow routine protocols under close supervision to maintain the general laboratory. He/She will work with all members of the lab and will assist as needed in human and mouse specimen management, mouse colony management and experiments, processing of mouse and human samples as well as in general laboratory maintenance under Biosafety levels 1, 2 and 3.
This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned. Follow established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments, which may include: basic tissue culture, basic molecular biology, basic microbiology or other techniques in which they will be trained under Biosafety Levels 1, 2 and 3 conditions.
Assist in the cultivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Perform in vitro mycobacteria infections of cultured human and mouse cells. Coordinate and maintain records of mouse breeding and experiments under Biosafety Level 1 and Biosafety Level 3 conditions and culture of mycobacteria as directed.
Acquisition and assist in aliquoting mouse samples (such as post-mortem tissue harvest) for storage, analysis. Infect mice with mycobacteria through the aerosol route using designated equipment.
Administer environmental exposure treatments (e.g. arsenic) and alleviation treatments to animals using specially prepared water or oral gavage. Maintain an organized, detailed record of experimental data. Monitor inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies.
Will handle hazardous (e.g. arsenic) and bio-hazardous (e.g. human tissues, Mycobacterium tuberculosis) material under Biosafety Levels 1, 2 and 3 conditions. Interact with faculty, lab and administrative staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and outside vendors.
Meet weekly with designated laboratory staff to review recent data, troubleshoot current experiments, review new experimental protocols and prioritize new experiments. Demonstrate organization, curiosity, problem solving, resourcefulness, and flexibility. Time flexibility for working hours required to process human specimens and work with mice.
High School Diploma/GED with some science coursework. Training Certificate from Technical Institute preferred.
Years of Experience:
Certificate from technical institute or internship experience preferred.
Posted Preferred Qualifications:
Previous experience as a laboratory technician versed in the basic principles of sterile microbiological and tissue culture technique, with knowledge of operation of basic laboratory equipment and mouse experience desirable. Knowledge of Word and Excel.
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