Senior Research Technician - Molecular Microbiology
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR77737
Opportunity to join a dynamic team combatting globally important parasitic diseases. The Sibley lab studies diseases caused by protozoan parasites, which are important causes of disease in newborns, the elderly and immunocompromised patients. We hope to define the mechanisms that enable parasites to cause infection and use that knowledge to develop new tools to diagnosis and treat infection.
As a Senior Research Technician in the group, you will perform and assist with complex experiments using rodent models of parasitic disease. These studies include defining key attributes of the parasite that enable infection and studies to develop improved treatments.
Maintains animal (mouse) breeding colony and maintains up-to-date records in an appropriate database. Assures compliance with all aspects of animal protocols. Assists with the training others on approved protocols.
Performs complex analysis/projects according to research protocols, explaining methods and procedures to other lab members.
Provides for data entry and current data files on research projects. Monitors data to ensure consistent quality and performs preliminary statistical analyses and graphic presentation of data.Â
Performs experiments including PCR genotyping, monitoring of infection following challenge with microorganisms, and isolation of tissue samples and/or cells for in vitro analysis.
Performs isolation of DNA from cells and tissue samples. Performs PCR and gel electrophoresis analyses for genotyping and maintains database for genotyping records.
Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
Assists in the training and development of lab members. Provides technical support by assisting other members of the lab or collaborators with animal experiments.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards.
Must be physically able to wear protective equipment
Must be able to provide standard care to research animals.
Occasional evening or weekend hours are required.
Prior experience working with animals and/or microorganisms.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Familiarity with basic laboratory math calculations, formulation of solutions, and processing of quantitative data.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.
Masterâ™s degree and two years of experience in a laboratory setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling seven years.
$18.40 - $31.31 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.
Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!
We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? Weâ™ve got you covered.
WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the Universityâ™s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.
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