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Laboratory Research Technician-Department of Microbiology & Immunology


Laboratory Research Technician-Department of Microbiology & Immunology

  • req2106
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • SOM-Microbiology and Immunology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Job Summary & General Responsibilities:

The technician will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) and work closely with all members of the lab (Ph.D., M.S., MD/PhD, interns, and Post-Doctoral fellows) to provide support to advance our collective research interests. General responsibilities will vary based on the individuals experience but may all some or all of the following: general lab and equipment maintenance, inventory and record keeping, supply ordering, bacterial cultivation and maintenance, microscopy (light, dark-field, fluorescence), protein production, protein purification, molecular techniques (PCR, electrophoresis, DNA isolation, RT-PCR, QPCR), immunological techniques (immunoblots, ELISAs, antibody analyses) and work with animal models (mice and rats).

Required Hiring Standards:

Bachelor's degree in microbiology or a related discipline. In lieu of a master, candidates with: a) significant post-B.S. degree work experience in industry or academic research labs or b) candidates with a B.S. degree with a proven track record of productive hands-on research will be considered. Priority will be given to individuals with demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: protein production and protein purification using HPLC or FPLC, ELISA assays, immunoblotting, bacterial cultivation, and animal handling (mice and rats). Motivation, enthusiasm, and the ability to multi-task and work in a team-based dynamic environment are required.

Preferred Hiring Standards:

Master's degree in microbiology or a related discipline or research experience post-graduation in an academic or industry lab.

University Job Code: Lab/Research Technician 1 34051

ORP eligibility: No

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. Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion or a commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.


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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