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Research Technician - Biomedical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Job Location:
Pittsburgh, 15213
Laboratory and Research

The Carnegie Mellon Biomedical Engineering department seeks to transform healthcare worldwide through interdisciplinary engineering innovation and to train future leaders and innovators in biomedical engineering.

We are seeking two Research Technicians to join the Cohen-Karni team in the Hybrid-Nanomaterials and Nano-Bioelectronics Group. In this role, you will assist with living pharmacy device development and implantation studies using animal models. You will oversee surgical, experimental, and general daily activities in the Cohen-Karni group. You will be responsible for setting up the experimental apparatus, maintaining inventory, documentation, animal maintenance, data collection, management, and analysis in collaboration with researchers, veterinarians, husbandry, and facilities staff.

The Cohen-Karni team is currently working on integrated multidisciplinary research to develop cutting edge science and technologies to enhance bioelectrical devices functionality, performance, and longevity. We will be using unconventional approaches for the design and fabrication of bioelectrical platforms with clinical translation as the ultimate goal. Using unique bioelectrical (physical and chemical) sensors and actuators will allow us to tackle grand biomedical challenges such as disease progression monitoring, controlled therapeutics delivery.

Core responsibilities include:

Core responsibilities include:

  • Without direct supervision, maintaining lab inventory and documentation.

  • Independently maintaining lab instruments, equipment and facilities for teaching or research purposes.

  • Coordinating, setting up for, and running daily experiments (i.e., collecting experimental data).

  • Coordinating, setting up for, assisting and performing surgical procedures.

  • Maintaining an organized laboratory environment, stocking supplies, ordering, inventory, and documentation

  • Coordinating apparatus design, build and refinement.

  • Initiating repair or maintenance of equipment and instruments, as necessary.

  • Maintaining laboratory and animal health records.

  • Monitoring and performing post-operative care of research subjects

  • Maintaining the lab safety plan and safety data sheets as necessary; scheduling safety training for new hires or team members entering new roles; enforcing policies around personal protective equipment.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon. Inclusion, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:

  • Ability to work well with others and manage a research team.

  • Ability to respond to and manage emergency situations and/or crises.

  • Ability to work with sensitive information, maintain confidentiality and use discretion.

  • Ability to pay close attention to detail; keep and maintain accurate and detailed reports and records.


  • Bachelor's degree in the medical or biological sciences or Associate's degree plus veterinary technician certificate or a minimum of two years of research experience preferably in the medical, animal or biological sciences

  • Certification through American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is preferred.

  • A highly motivated individual with strong organizational, interpersonal skills with experience in experimental data collection and analysis


  • Successful background check

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function


Position Type

Staff - Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:

  • Please visit "Why Carnegie Mellon" to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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