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Lab/ Research Technician, School of Medicine, Department of Human & Molecular Genetics


Lab/ Research Technician, School of Medicine, Department of Human & Molecular Genetics

  • req2326
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • SOM-Human & Molecular Genetics
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Position Summary & General Responsibilities:

This position exists to provide support in lab research (cell culture, molecular biology techniques and animal work (not mandatory) and to maintain laboratory supplies and equipment. Specific projects such as: 1) Studying the role of Melanoma differentiation associated gene-9/Syntenin in cancer progression and metastasis development; 2) Analyzing a panel of biomarkers for melanoma metastasis will be assigned; and 3) Studying the therapeutic activity using pre-clinical animal models of novel versions of mda-7/IL-24 and M4, administered by viruses, as pure proteins and by nanoparticles. Project assignments will change as priorities of the laboratory change.

Required Hiring Standards:

Detailed oriented, highly organized, good math skills, some prior lab experience required. Previous experience in animal models and approaches essential for Project 1. Previous laboratory experience in cell culture and basic cell and molecular biology and biochemical techniques is essential. Must be able to perform standard molecular biology techniques such as RNA and DNA isolation, qPCR, Western blots. Experience in protein expression and isolation also important. Good organizational skills necessary. Must have ability to troubleshoot problems and ability to interpret data. Must interact well with colleagues. Minimal computer skills necessary. Ability to work in a diverse environment required.

Preferred Hiring Standards:

Practical experience in diagnostic field preferred.

BS degree in relevant area (life sciences, chemistry, or other science) or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine is a premier academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond. Accounting for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research, the School of Medicine is internationally recognized for patient care and education. All full-time university staff are eligible for VCU’s generous benefits package that includes: competitive health benefits, paid annual and holiday leave, retirement planning and savings options, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, Virginia Retirement System (VRS), professional development & certifications, tuition waiver, parental leave, caregiving leave and community service leave. Learn more about VCU’s benefits here: https://hr.vcu.edu/careers-at-vcu/why-work-at-vcu/

The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and learning environment to reflect the demographic and social milieu of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

This is a restricted position with no set end date and continued employment is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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