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Research Technician II - Cancer Center

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

Posting Number: req11812

Department: Cancer Center Division

Location: UAHS - Tucson

Address: University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer through patient care, research, and education. A Research Technician position is available in the Sweasy laboratory. The Sweasy Laboratory studies cancer and lupus. The primary purpose or this position is to assist with maintaining a mouse colony with several different strains of mice, which are models of lupus or cancer. In addition, the successful candidate will learn to perform various procedures with mice and assist with histology, molecular biology, and tissue culture experiments.

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

  • Collects data by monitoring mouse
    oriented parameters.
  • Performs various techniques including
    mouse breeding, blood collection, necropsies, and genotyping.
  • Inventory and requisition of supplies
    for assigned area, and receive shipments.
  • Preparation of solutions, reagents,
    and media according to detailed instructions.
  • Assists in cataloging specimens and
  • Operates, cleans equipment, and
    ensures it is in good working order; perform preventive maintenance or minor
    repairs to laboratory equipment and notify appropriate person when major
    repairs are deemed necessary.
  • Assists with tissue culture
  • Conducts advanced research experiments
    independently with minimal supervision in collaboration with research
    scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research professors, associated faculty, and
  • Utilizes
    advanced knowledge of specific scientific protocols to analyze, interpret,
    and/or make deductions based on data obtained through scientific
  • Utilizes a thorough understanding of
    specific scientific equipment in order to operate, manage, and maintain
    scientific equipment to ensure its operational condition to assure validity of
    data obtained through experimentation.
  • Collaborates on research projects as
    assigned that require novel or unique solutions involving new or emerging
    technology, the evaluation of alternatives and the development of experimental
    or design plans, making innovative as well as basic measurements, setting up
    advanced experimental protocols, and/or modifying equipment to obtain unique
  • Maintains accurate records of
    experiments and analysis performed based on specific experiments for a given
    project, conducts literature searches, and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of
    all current methods of experimentation through professional reading
  • Other
    duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision on assigned research projects is required.
  • Knowledge of general science.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work as part of a team.
  • Skill in following detailed instructions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment

* Four (4) years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

* Previous experience working with mice.

* Experience with molecular biology.

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: $14.85 - $19.45

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

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Joann Sweasy |

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety.

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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