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Lab Technician (Thompson Lab)

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Thompson laboratory in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech is seeking a motivated part-time laboratory technician to assist with ongoing research activities. This role involves supporting projects that study the effects of thyroid hormone signaling changes on the brain development of Xenopus laevis tadpoles. The technician will work under the guidance of the laboratory director, Dr. Chris Thompson, and will gain hands-on experience in a variety of experimental procedures. The ability to work independently will be developed on the job. This is an hourly position requiring a commitment of 20 hours per week.

Required Qualifications

A strong interest in neuroscience research;
Willingness to learn animal handling and laboratory procedures;
Basic familiarity with biological laboratory environments and fundamental chemistry.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in the use of animals in research, especially with animal handling and principles of anesthesia;
Experience with histology in neural tissues, RNA processing and analysis;
Experience using a microscope such as confocal imaging;
Basic knowledge of molecular neuroscience and familiarity with standard laboratory equipment, including centrifuges and PCR;
Experience with aquatic animals, transfection of plasmid DNA into vertebrate cells, and live animal imaging;
BS or equivalent experience in Neuroscience, Biology, or a related discipline.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

5/15/2024; Open Until Filled

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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