The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Laboratory Technician in the Department of Medicine under the Division of Renal-Electrolyte.
The human body depends upon precise control of mineral and electrolyte homeostasis for normal Physiology, including normal activity of neurons and muscles, blood pressure, and normal bone health. Using mouse models, our research is actively studying the mechanisms regulating homeostasis of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium and how alteration of these electrolytes contributes to human disorders such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
This Laboratory Technician will be trained to perform the following supervised activities: animal handling (mainly mice), feeding, breeding, and genotyping. The Technician will also have a key role in cataloging animal activities in an online tracking system; comfort with computer programs will be important. Additional time will be spent in activities related to managing the laboratory (ordering of supplies, laboratory space organization, up-keep of laboratory equipment, and safety monitoring). Significant time will be required to learn laboratory techniques, and a commitment of at least two years will be required.
Laboratory experimental procedures can be taught, but required qualities for this position include the ability to follow established protocols precisely; an accurate, thorough approach to record-keeping; an ability to keep a tidy, organized workspace; and an ability to work well with other research team members.
Undergraduate laboratory course and/or student project experience with pipetting, gel electrophoreses, and preparing of biological solutions highly preferred. Prior wet lab research experience is preferred. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement. The Technician will employ controlled substances to ensure the comfort of laboratory animals. Use of these substances will require a DEA background check and must have no history of conviction for use or distribution of controlled substances.
PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.II
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: Less than 1 year experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hiring Range: $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: Yes
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Required Documents: Resume
Internal Number: 19007006
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.