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Technician B

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Technician B

  • 533326
  • Medical Center
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jan 19 2023
  • Technical Grade 4
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $50,329.12 - $50,329.12
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Sternberg Lab investigates the mechanisms of adaptive immunity in bacterial CRISPR–Cas systems using a combination of biochemical, structural, and biophysical approaches and harnesses this information to advance novel tools for precision genome engineering. The Sternberg Lab presently comprises 5 postdoctoral scientists, 7 Ph.D. students, and 3 undergraduates. 


Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The technician will be in charge of ordering, receiving deliveries, and keeping critical inventories well-stocked and organized.
  • Maintain the lab’s buffer and media needs. 
  • The technician will also be expected to participate and engage intellectually in the lab’s research goals and, to this end, will work closely with other colleagues in a highly motivated, collaborative environment. 
  • The technician should anticipate one or more co-authored research publications to result from their time in the lab.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A commitment of two or more years is desired.
  • Applicant should have a minimum of 2 years of laboratory research experience, strong knowledge of chemistry, biology, and microbiology, and must be proficient in working with E. coli (solid and liquid media culturing, plasmid transformation, etc.).
  • Applicant must have experience with molecular cloning (e.g., PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, restriction digestion/ligation, and/or Gibson assembly) and excellent proficiency using micropipettes, running gels, setting up enzymatic reactions, and learning new techniques.
  • Applicant must have excellent organizational and communication skills and be comfortable reading primary research articles in the CRISPR biology/technology space.
  • A successful candidate will be able to complete tasks in a timely manner, with attention to detail, and be able to multitask effectively. Showing interest in engaging socially with the rest of the lab is a plus, and the applicant must be a team player and enjoy/excel working collaboratively in groups.

Other Requirements

  • Chemicals, Radioactive materials, Infectious agents, Lasers.

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