WVU Research Corporation Research Technician in Morgantown, West Virginia


*Purpose *

The purpose of this position is to conduct molecular and cellular biology experiments in a joint translational neuroscience laboratory that will address cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurological disease, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and sepsis. Incumbent will provide support for existing laboratory projects and assist PIs with new and future projects.

This position serves as a resource contact, and independently uses professional concepts and techniques, as well as organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

  1. Executing cell and tissue culture experiments.
  2. Supporting animal experiments and maintaining a shared transgenic mouse colony, and organizing and analyzing the results.
  3. Independently perform minor procedures such as blood and tissue collection from rodents, and assist in surgeries.
  4. Being responsible for maintenance of primary and established cell lines in culture utilizing sterile technique.
  5. Executing and assisting with molecular and cellular experiments, including immunohistochemistry.
  6. Taking responsibility for the general oversight and compliance of all individuals working in the laboratory on a day-to-day basis.
  7. Training and supervision of rotating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new lab members in proper laboratory procedure.
  8. Maintaining the laboratory, laboratory equipment, glassware, and reagents. This may include calling and scheduling repairs from outside repair companies, and purchasing laboratory supplies.
  9. Integrating, analyzing, and summarizing experimental data to report findings.
  10. Completing an up-to-date laboratory notebook, including protocols and interpretations of experimental data.
  11. Assisting lab members and other researchers in the performance of their experiments.
  12. Communicating laboratory guidelines and procedures with PI and other laboratory members, orally, and in writing.

Supervisory/Lead Role

Position reports to the Principal Investigator. Normally receives no instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Typically determines methods and procedures on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project, or activity lead and work coordination responsibilities may occur or be assigned in this position. Guidance or supervision of others may be required.

Physical Demands

Manual dexterity for day to day operations to operate a computer, microscope, or other lab equipment with speed and accuracy. Mental dexterity is required to focus on experimental protocols, especially small animal handling and surgery. This position requires skill and accuracy in actions required to perform and use all laboratory and office equipment (such as thermocyclers, centrifuges, autoclaves, computers, printers, copiers, etc.), as well as a high degree of exactness in the use of hand instruments. Requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and lifting (up to 15 pounds) or moving of equipment or machinery (using a dolly or cart) up to 75 pounds.

Work Environment

Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment including using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The incumbent must comply with all laboratory safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements. Exposure to laboratory animals and blood samples may occur, however protective measures and training will be provided. All University safety courses and training sessions will be completed by the technician. Incumbent may experience the following and require medical monitoring:

  1. Contact Animal Contact- direct exposure to vertebrate animals, animal tissues or research with body fluids or wastes;
  2. Contacting Hazardous Chemicals –daily or weekly, using strong acids or caustics, fuel or tar products or cancer-causing chemicals; and
  3. Human Pathogen and Biological Research (BSL2+/3)- for those working with or in proximity to certain biological agents.


Requisite Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related science field;


  1. 5 – 7 years of experience performing related cellular and molecular research;


  1. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

  1. Skilled at using scientific methods and rules to solve problems.
  2. Skilled at operating laboratory instrumentation.
  3. Skilled to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  4. Ability to maintain attention to detail.
  5. Basic knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology, and biology.
  6. Working knowledge of using laboratory equipment.
  7. Knowledge of laboratory protocols, and procedures.
  8. Knowledge of animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  9. Knowledge of uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  10. Maintaining knowledge of professional principles, legal and/or reporting requirements affecting area of responsibility, and adhere to industry and government standards.
  11. Ability to gather, understand and implement technical protocols.
  12. Ability to analyze proteins by gel electrophoresis.
  13. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  14. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  15. Ability to apply mathematical concepts in order to calculate proportions, percentages, and volumes (e.g. making routine buffers).
  16. Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload.
  17. Ability to work independently to complete assigned projects.
  18. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written oral or diagram form.

Behavioral Competencies

  1. Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
  2. Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
  3. Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
  4. Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
  5. Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
  6. Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials

* *Education and/or Experience

  1. Experience working with mouse colonies, genotyping, and small animal surgery.
  2. Knowledge of neuroanatomy and basic neuroscience.
  3. Experience in primary cell culture, especially neuronal, glial and brain endothelial cell culture.
  4. Experience with flow cytometry staining protocols, equipment, and software for data analysis.

Requisition Number: 16-0133

Post Date: 9/16/2016

Title: Research Technician

Position Type: Full Time

Work Hours: 40 hpw

City: Morgantown

State: WV