We seek ambitious, detail-oriented, reliable applicants for a position as a Research Technician in a translational immunology lab. The RK Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research at the University of Pittsburgh, oversees a translational research group studying the mechanisms driving autoinflammation and sepsis-like inflammatory diseases. This position will involve mammalian specimen colony maintenance including husbandry and PCR and sequencing-based genotyping, cell line maintenance, and processing/storage of human samples.
In addition, this position will involve planning, conducting, analyzing, and providing input into experiments associated with ongoing projects in the lab. Documentation in our shared electronic lab notebook system will be required, as well as, presentations at lab meetings and journal clubs. Technical tasks include, but are not limited to: Cloning and molecular biology, PBMC Isolation, culture and stimulation of primary cells and cell lines, magnetic cell separation/isolation, cytokine measurement, flow cytometry, RNA and DNA isolation, and preparation for Next-gen sequencing.
Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or related scientific field and want to do rigorous science. More than classroom experience with basic biologic techniques (as listed above) with at least 2 years experience required. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement. Some travel may be involved. Intensive one-on-one training in scientific method and all relevant procedures will be provided by the PI and experienced scientists within the research group. Past lab members in this position have successfully entered top-tier MD and MD/PhD programs.
This position is located at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required prior to the start of employment. Also, a current TB test will be required as a condition of employment. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
Bachelor of science degree in chemistry, biology, or other basic science. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
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: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: The position will require flexibility with shift/hours and occasionally will be required to work on the 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 are 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: 20000541
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.