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Research Technician IV

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

Posting Number: req18368

Department: Animal&Biomedical Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences is currently seeking a well-organized and highly motivated candidate for the position of Research Technician IV in the Aquaculture Pathology Lab (APL). This position will provide support disease diagnosis work in shrimp. The successful candidate will carry out sampling of shrimp tissue, feed, feed ingredients, extract nucleic acids and perform PCR-based assays for crustacean pathogen detection. The successful candidate will be extremely detail-oriented and have the ability to work independently, demonstrating good organization and multi-tasking skills. The selected candidate will be designated to work under the supervision of a lab manager and lab director.

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

  • Receive, accessioning and sampling of incoming specimens for PCR-based diagnostics.
  • Perform nucleic acid extractions and PCR-based assay for crustacean disease diagnostics.
  • Work with other team members of APL to develop improved PCR methods for the detection of viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens infecting crustaceans.
  • Adhere to ISO procedures and regulations.
  • Data entry to APL Database, analysis of data, preparation of reports.
  • PCR detection of bacterial pathogens, sequencing of PCR amplicons and sequence analysis to characterize bacteria.
    General Lab Duties-autoclaving, lab organization, lab maintenance, manage supply inventory, freezer inventory, lab quality control.
  • Edit and review standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge on molecular diagnostics of crustacean diseases.
  • Proficiency in PCR-based disease diagnostics in fish and crustacean diseases.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to successfully manage time and complete priorities.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others.
  • Ability to work cooperatively within a team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience in addition to the education requirement, to include
  1. Basic experience with molecular techniques, including pipetting, PCR, and agarose gel electrophoresis
  2. Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word and Excel) or similar
  3. Experience with customer service

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or higher in molecular biology, marine biology, microbiology, or related fields.
  • Three or more years of experience in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
  • Experience with OIE/WOAH codes and manuals for crustacean diseases.

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: $20.33 - $25.41

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

Maia Koliopoulos

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

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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