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Laboratory Technician

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Vargas-Muñiz Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech seeks a full-time laboratory technician. The laboratory technician will assist with the development of cell and molecular biology tools for the white-nose syndrome fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The technician will also support existing projects related to the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus.

This full-time laboratory technician is responsible for the following: (i) assisting with the day-to-day operation of the lab; (ii) preparing media and solutions; (iii) ordering research supplies; (iv) generation and maintenance of fungal strain; (v) assist with grant and manuscript writing, and (vi) collaborating with an interdisciplinary research team. Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the required and preferred qualifications described below, a resume/CV detailing relevant work experience, and a list of three references with their contact information. This position is for at least two years, contingent upon satisfactory annual reviews. The position will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree in biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or a related field.
  • Must have excellent teamwork and collaborative skills to work effectively within a distributed team
  • Experience with the preparation of solutions and media
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity for science
  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational and efficient time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and graphical communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous laboratory experience
  • Previous background or interest in fungal biology
  • Experience working in a highly interdisciplinary collaborative team
  • Experience doing molecular biology work

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Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience but within budget maximum

Review Date

December 11, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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

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