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Laboratory Technician - Department of Ophthalmology

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Laboratory and Research


West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Laboratory Technician in the Department of Ophthalmology

About the Opportunity

The West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation and the WVU Department of Ophthalmology are seeking applications for a Laboratory Technician to perform research-oriented tasks which is located in the Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center on the campus of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown, WV. This position is responsible for performing laboratory maintenance tasks, in addition to assisting laboratory members with scientific data collection for retinal cell biology and other visual science-related research projects. The candidate will be trained in many basic laboratory techniques and receive hands-on laboratory experience with a focus on microscopy, including state-of-the-art super-resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques and electron microscopy.

At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs:

* 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)


* 403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC)

* A range of health insurance and various other benefits

* Dependent Education Scholarship

* WVU Perks

* And More!!

What you'll do:

* Assist with biomedical research experiments in the laboratory.

* Maintain and genotype animal colonies.

* Culture mammalian cells.

* Prepare reagents as needed by the lab members.

* Manage the ordering and requisition of laboratory supplies.

* Prepare solutions and materials for laboratory experiments.

* Keep detailed records of research data, written and computerized logs of mouse colony censuses, material safety data sheets, and chemical inventories.

* Document, analyze, and present experimental results and discuss findings.

* Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment.

* Maintain an inventory of chemicals and other laboratory reagents.

  • Bachelor's degreein biology or closely related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • Two (2) years of experience:
    • Relevant experience in a biological research laboratory setting is strongly preferred.
    • Experience with animal experiments/instrument analysis is preferred.
    • Experience with small animal handling is preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, time management, organizational, and self-motivation skills.
  • Skilled at using scientific methods to solve problems.
  • Knowledge of the use and preparation of cell culture media, aseptic technique, general microbiological procedures, and relevant molecular biology protocols is preferred.
  • Knowledge of general laboratory terminology. Knowledge of medical terminology would be helpful.
  • Ability to measure volumes and/or weights of chemicals, and apply mathematical concepts to calculate concentrations (in molar units) and prepare solutions according to precise specifications.
  • Ability to operate general laboratory equipment (i.e. pH meter, scales, pipetmen, centrifuges, etc.) and the willingness and ability to learn new techniques, procedures, or protocols and apply them in an appropriate manner.
  • Ability to gather, understand and implement technical protocols from current literature.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions, and apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to maintain records and inventories.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to use tools including wrenches to perform assembly or standard mechanical repairs of laboratory equipment.

About Research Corporation

Why WVU Research Corporation?

The WVU Research Corporation (WVURC) was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to support research (R1) at West Virginia University. We provide evaluation, development, patenting, management, and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of the University.

WVURC receives and administers funds awarded by external agencies for research and other activities and is responsible for helping protect intellectual property through patents, copyrights and licensing agreements for startup companies based on University research.

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Aug 1, 2022

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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