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Lab Technician (Pickrell Lab)

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The laboratory of Dr. Alicia Pickrell in the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience is seeking a Lab Technician to assist with research projects. Research in the Pickrell Lab focuses on how and why neurons become vulnerable during disease states. Further information on research in the Pickrell lab can be found here:

In addition to assisting with research projects, technicians will be expected to assist with lab maintenance, ordering of lab supplies, and management of the lab's rodent colony. Technicians are expected to function with relative independence and responsibility, reporting directly to Dr. Pickrell.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-author publications and contribute to the development of experimental designs. In-house training will be made available for specific procedures in which the individual lacks experience.

Applications must be submitted online and should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three references. Compensation will be based on previous experience. Applications are being reviewed and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications

  • Previous experience in a biology, chemistry, neuroscience, cell molecular, or similar research laboratory
  • Experience with rodent handling (mouse and/or rat).
  • Experience with standard computer software for lab management (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or related field and/or related experience
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Experience with MATLAB
  • Experience with electrophysiology or electrochemistry

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

$17.00 - $19.00 per hour

Review Date

5/3/2024; ongoing 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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