Research Technician - Sarkis Mazmanian

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
05 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
03 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

A research technician position is available in the Sarkis Mazmanian laboratory studying the role of the gut microbiome in mouse models of Parkinson’s disease. Seeking a self-motivated candidate, who is excited to learn not only new laboratory techniques, but also contribute to the lab’s broader scientific goals.

Job Duties

Work independently in an active wet-lab environment and performing responsibilities including:

  • Rodent husbandry and animal strain maintenance, including genotyping
  • Rodent behavioral testing
  • Basic bacterial culture
  • Standard molecular biology assays, such as PCR, qPCR, ELISA, and Western blotting
  • Maintain general laboratory environment, such as media and buffer stocks
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of one year of laboratory experience in a research lab, beyond laboratory coursework
  • Experience with basic laboratory techniques and equipment (e.g. pipetting, centrifugation, solutions)
  • Experience in rodent handling, and the ability to work with live rodents and perform animal tissue harvesting
  • Ability to follow direction and lab protocols
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs of laboratory supplies and equipment as needed
  • Ability to work interactively in a group setting
  • High self-motivation and initiative

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, immunology, or neuroscience
  • Laboratory experience in molecular biology techniques (cloning, western blotting, ELISA, qPCR) and ability to generate experimental protocols in these and related areas
  • Experience with mouse models of behavior

Supervisory position? No Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 02/09/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.