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Laboratory Technician

Spelman College
Job Location:
Atlanta, 30314
Laboratory and Research

Position Title

Laboratory Technician

Position Summary

Laboratory Technician is a grant funded position within the Biology Department. The lab focuses on eukaryotic microbial evolution, emphasizing interaction and behavior, particularly in amoeboid microorganisms.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts field-based sample collection, genome & transcriptome (high throughput) sequencing & analyses, culturing, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, PCR and RT-PCR, light and fluorescence microscopy, Bioinformatics skills.
  • Performs or oversees routine lab management tasks, including cleaning/autoclaving, preparing media, ordering supplies and interacting with vendors, maintaining instrumentation, implementing laboratory safety standards.
  • Troubleshooting/optimizing protocols and developing new methods.
  • Trains and/or supervises undergraduate research students.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or computer/bioinformatics disciplines preferred. Five years of relevant research experience OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. Microcopy and molecular techniques and Basic Bioinformatics/Phylogenetics knowledge required.

Good oral and written communication skills are required. The incumbent must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Must be attentive to detail and able to manage multiple projects and work effectively with a diverse population. This employee must be able to work with minimal supervision. This position requires the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The ability to write routine reports and correspondence is essential. Ability to speak effectively when interacting with faculty, staff, students, and the public. Also, must be able to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals.

Must possess the ability to perform intermediate level computer skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and/or WordPerfect which includes such things as typing basic letters, memos, etc.

Preferred Qualifications


Certifications, Licenses, Restrictions


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: sit, walk, use hands to handle office supplies, operate computer and other office equipment, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to: reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to: stand, stoop, climb, taste and smell, and lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus.

Full Time/Part Time: Full-time

Work Location/Schedule

This position requires onsite work and is not eligible for remote work.

Posting Number: SC0665P

Open Until Filled: Yes

COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol

Due to the heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the spread of variants, Spelman College requires up to date COVID-19 vaccination of all faculty, staff, and students (collectively "Campus Community") that have job duties, attend classes, or are otherwise present on campus. You will need to submit proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination: full vaccination and a booster (when eligible) or a single dose of the bivalent vaccine) prior to your first day on campus or you may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement by providing the necessary documentation to: Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID-19 Operations, at Upon receiving your Spelman Technology log-in credentials, please keep your vaccination or exemptions records up-to-date using  Etrieve.
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