Position Description

Research Lab Technician
Job Category Fulltime Term
ExemptOvertimeEligible Overtime Eligible
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Job Summary

The Ismagilov Lab at Caltech is hiring a full-time Research Lab Technician for a 2-year term position. Reporting to Professor Rustem Ismagilov, the successful candidate will begin their term by joining a small team of researchers who are logging, processing, and analyzing saliva and nasal-swab samples as part of the lab’s community-based COVID-19 research study. More about the COVID-19 study can be found at: http://covid-study.caltech.edu. The successful candidate will also participate in ongoing projects of high priority in the lab, including those focused on the microbiome and those on rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing. More details about the Ismagilov lab and these research projects can be found at: http://ismagilovlab.caltech.edu/.

Job Duties

  • Perform DNA and RNA extractions from many different sample types.
  • Perform nucleic acid amplification analyses using standard techniques such as qPCR, ddPCR, q-RT-PCR, dd-RT-PCR, and LAMP.
  • Maintain the lab’s high standards for biosafety.
  • Assist graduate students and postdocs in validating their research findings by reproducing their experiments with additional samples.
  • Follow lab procedures for maintaining a neat, detailed electronic lab notebook.
  • Maintain the organization of lab workspaces.
  • Analyze raw data and generate figures using software provided by the lab.
  • A highly motivated and qualified candidate may additionally develop independent aspects of ongoing projects, while continuing to provide research support.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science with educational emphasis in chemistry, biology, microbiology, or a related field required by date of hire.
  • Lab experience in microbiology, molecular biology, and/or biochemistry.
  • Prior experience performing qPCR and nucleic-acid extractions.
  • Highly detail-oriented; must have prior experience performing sensitive experiments and using laboratory techniques.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and to shift priorities, as well as effectively solve problems.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff.
  • Strong organizational, time-management, and project-management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ambition to enter a top medical or graduate school.
  • Prior experience with working at BSL-2 level or BSL-3 level.
  • Prior experience handling and processing hundreds of laboratory samples.
  • Prior experience using automated-extraction equipment (e.g. KingFisher or similar).
  • Comfort using a multi-channel pipette.
  • Co-authorship on a scientific publication.
  • Prior experience or undergraduate-level coursework with a basic programming language for data analysis (Python, MATLAB, R, etc.).

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

COVID-19 Vaccine Required for All Employees

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation. More information may be found here.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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Disability Accommodations

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