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Research Technician II, Basic Medical Sciences (College of Medicine-Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req17583

Department: COM Phx Basic Medical Sci

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 425 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

A full time Research Technician II position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kurt Gustin. This position will perform experiments and carry out laboratory research designed to understand the relationship between neurotropic enteroviruses and amytrophic lateral sclerosis. We are seeking a well-rounded, motivated and enthusiastic individual with training in Microbiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field and experience performing research in a laboratory setting. The candidate should have prior experience in cell culture and standard molecular biology techniques. This individual should be detail oriented, conscientious, able to follow instructions and work independently, and have the ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing. The post offers the opportunity to work in an exciting laboratory environment that employs a wide range of molecular and behavioral assays.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct experiments as needed to achieve laboratory research goals.
  • Keep detailed records of experiments, analyze results, prepare reports and troubleshoot.
  • Perform basic mammalian tissue culture to propagate cells and viruses.
  • Read current literature relevant to experiments.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory and experimental equipment such microscopes, centrifuges, analytical balances, PCR instruments. Perform minor repairs and make arrangements for major repairs as needed.
  • Make reagents and clean glassware as needed.
  • Act as laboratory safety officer. Maintain hazardous/chemical waste records and arrange disposal as needed.
  • Inventory and requisition supplies, may maintain bookkeeping records.
  • Assist with training students and staff in the operation of equipment and/or in the performance of technical procedures.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to compile and analyze research data and apply statistical factors in reaching conclusions and making program recommendations.
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop reports and present in tabular, oral, written, and graphic formats.
  • Knowledge of laboratory maintenance. including ordering supplies and maintaining a safe laboratory environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in microbiology, cell and molecular biology, or a related field of study.

* Laboratory experience with tissue culture and handling of animal viruses.

* Familiarity with immunological methods such as western blotting and immunofluorescence.

* Proficiency with basic molecular biology techniques, such as RNA isolation and analysis and qRT-PCR.

* Experience in supervising and teaching at the lab bench.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $16.50 - $20.63, DOE

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Lab

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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