The Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking a highly-qualified and motivated person for the position of Research Technician II. The successful candidate will join an established team studying host-virus interactions. The position calls for creativity, multitasking, problem-solving, and the desire and ability to conduct independent studies in a team setting. Our research focuses on the mechanisms used by viruses to infect the human placenta and gastrointestinal tract.
The position will include supervised and independent research at BSL-2 conditions consisting of 1) tissue culture and molecular biology- and virological-based assays for flaviviral and enteroviral replication, 2) pathogenesis and immunity studies using mammalian models of disease, and 3) establishment of primary ex vivo human- and murine-based models. The technician will assist in mammalian specimen breeding, husbandry, and mammalian specimen experiments.
The successful applicant will provide research support to other members of the team and will manage an independent research project, given sufficient training, familiarity, and proficiency. The technician will be expected to perform lab testing, help develop research methods and procedures and organize data and laboratory samples.
A bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, or other basic science is preferred. This position is located at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. 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. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
A bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, or other basic science is preferred. * Experience working with small animal models is highly preferred. * Knowledge of virological and/or immunological methodologies are required. * General laboratory and organizational skills including the ability to work independently and efficiently are essential. * Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are required.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.II
Minimum Education Level Required: Associate
Minimum Experience Level Required: Less than 1 year experience
Work Schedule: Position will require flexibility with shift/hours and may be required work on the evenings and weekends.
Hiring Range: $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
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
Optional Documents: Cover Letter
Internal Number: 19003423
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.