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Research Technician III (Extended Temporary)

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

Posting Number: req9883

Department: Nutritional Sci Wellness - RES

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

The University of Arizona (UA) School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seeks a Research Technician III for a project on the incorporation of dietary fatty acids into lipid metabolism and the roles in intestinal homeostasis, inflammation, and cancer. Qualified candidates will be required to perform data collection, execute specific laboratory techniques and work with other members of the research team. This position requires initiative and judgement based on knowledge and understanding of scientific theory. The candidate will be required to perform various aspects of the research project, including culturing human and murine cells, routine PCR, and gel electrophoresis, assist with animal models of inflammation and cancer, operate instruments, perform assays, and record data. The candidate will work as part of a team, prepare presentations for group discussion, and coordinate with others to conduct the activities of the research team, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as volunteers, ensuring safety and effectiveness.

The Research Technician III will plan and design research experiments, write methods and laboratory protocols, and must have exceptional organization skills, as well as technical and problem-solving skills. The preferred candidate will have knowledge of and experience with 1) molecular biology techniques including bacterial transformation and DNA purification, PCR and subcloning, site-directed mutagenesis, and plasmid transfection (experience with generating and validating CRISPR knockout cell lines is also desirable); or 2) animal models to include animal model development, testing and optimization, as well as tissue collection, preservation and analysis using flow cytometry, protein, RNA and lipid analyses. The candidate may be required to perform research experiments and may be required to work with potentially hazardous materials such as toxic chemicals and/or radiation.

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

  • Conduct and monitor research activities including experimental design, data
    collection, evaluation and analysis.
  • Review professional, scientific and academic literature to utilize
    appropriate research methodologies, techniques and procedures for molecular
    biology, cell culture and animal model experiments.
  • Work with the other members of the lab in the execution of the study,
    establishing priorities, recommending schedules, and time tables.
  • Provide training to others involved in the study on the operation of
    complex research equipment and instruments for the proper collection of
    research data.
  • Maintain detailed records of studies conducted, organize data, prepare data
    for computer input and record computer output.
  • Operates laboratory and experimental equipment such as microscopes,
    spectrophotometers, centrifuges, analytical balances. Performs minor repairs
    and arranges for major repairs to be performed.
  • Assists in performing necropsies and surgical procedures on research
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies; may maintain bookkeeping records.
  • Trains students and staff in the operation of equipment and/or in the
    performance of technical procedures.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of: animal models, including genotyping, model and
    strain husbandry and maintenance, data and tissue collection for the analysis ofDNA,RNA, proteins and lipids; cell culture maintenance; lipid metabolism with a preference for sphingolipid metabolism.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Knowledge and ability to design and
    perform long term studies using animals (mice).
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize
    aseptic techniques for creating and maintaining sterile culture environments.
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, software, equipment,
    instruments, data collection and analytical data tools.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates' Degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required in addition to education requirement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or related field appropriate to the area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with molecular biology techniques including bacterial transformation and DNA purification, PCR and subcloning, site-directed mutagenesis, and plasmid transfection.
  • Experience with generating and validating CRISPR knockout cell lines is also desirable.

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: DOE

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

Expected End Date: 5/31/2024

Contact Information for Candidates

Ashley Snider

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 an 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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