The Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking a highly-qualified, reliable, and detail-oriented person to join a newly established lab in a well-equipped, diverse, and interactive research environment. Our lab studies the viral and host determinants that dictate chikungunya virus (CHIKV) replication and pathogenesis. The position will include performing supervised and independent research at BSL2 and A-BSL3 conditions consisting of 1) tissue culture and virological assays; 2) molecular biology-based assays to uncover mechanisms of viral replication; and 3) pathogenesis studies using murine models of disease.
The research technician will be expected to perform complex lab experiments, help develop research methods and procedures and organize data and laboratory samples. Other responsibilities include performing general lab duties including ordering and maintaining lab inventory of supplies, reagents, and mammals, making common stock solutions, helping with dishware, and other lab maintenance duties. The technician will assist in mammalian specimen breeding, husbandry, and mammalian experiments. They will provide research support to other members of the team and will manage an independent research project, given sufficient training, familiarity, and proficiency.
This position calls for efficiency, creativity, multitasking, and the desire and ability to effectively conduct independent studies in a team setting. The ideal candidate will be motivated and possess an aptitude for an organized, detail-oriented mindset, efficient time management, and analytical, problem-solving skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. An open and collaborative personality is highly preferred. Understanding of basic molecular biology protocols and equipment is required. Experience working with small mammalian models and/or in BSL3 conditions would be considered highly advantageous, but on-the-job training will be provided.
Applicants should be comfortable with wearing a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) and other personal protective equipment. Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of experience is required. Position requires flexibility and will be required to work evenings and weekends.
TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment. This position is located at Rangos Research Building at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
* A bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, or related field is required. A background in virology or microbiology is ideal.
* Chikungunya virus is categorized as a biosafety level-3 laboratory (BSL-3) pathogen. Applicants should be comfortable with wearing a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) and other personal protective equipment.
* Experience working with small mammalian models is preferred. * Experience working in BSL3 conditions would be considered highly advantageous.
Department Details: Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.III
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 1-2 years experience
Work Schedule: Position will require flexibility with shift/hours and may be required to work evenings and weekends.
Hiring Range: $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter
Internal Number: 19003232
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.