Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Technician for the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Science. This is a full-time, twelve-month position to oversee laboratory activities and facilitate research in the laboratory of Nicholas T. Bello, Ph.D. This position involves, but is not limited to, carrying out and facilitating research in behavioral and systems physiology, as well as general laboratory management. The new hire will be responsible for ordering of supplies, preparation of reagents, performing laboratory experiments involving rodents, tissue preparation, immunohistochemistry, small animal surgery, DNA, RNA, and protein analysis, as well as organization of lab records, and maintenance of the equipment, in consultation with Principal Investigator and department administration.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Under the immediate guidance and direction of a senior technician or other supervisor, provides routine technical support relative to scientific research work or projects of a laboratory and/or teaching program.
Collects and completes basic preparation of samples and specimens.
Performs standard and repetitive physical, chemical, and biological tests on materials, substances, and/or living subjects.
Prepares media, substances, solutions, and reagents and performs related duties as required.
Minimum Education and Experience:
High school/vocational school education or equivalent with coursework completed in the relevant science area(s).
One year of research study experience. An equivalent amount of college-level study in an appropriate science curriculum may be substituted for the experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Requires a practical understanding and a working knowledge of basic scientific techniques, and the ability to lift and move up to 30 pounds.
Requires the ability to record and maintain data in computerized and non-computerized formats.
Must be able to communicate effectively.
Experience with Microsoft Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel
A bachelor's degree is prefered. Bookkeeping aptitude is desirable.
Prior experience in all or some of the following: rodent handling, behavioral assays, molecular biology, and brain chemical analysis.
Experience training high school, undergraduate, or graduate students basic laboratory technique.
General laboratory equipment – thermocyclers, centrifuges, pH meters, balances
Regular workweek may include evening and/or weekend work.
Will be required to participate in required occupational health and safety programs.
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