University of Pittsburgh Senior Research Technician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Position Information

Date Posted 05/02/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 07/02/2018

Working Title Senior Research Technician

Job Classification Research IV

Department Name 35259-Med-Center for Vaccine Research (CVR)

Job Type Staff

Position Number 0128345

Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications

Position Description

This position will serve as a Senior Research Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research.

The incumbent will be responsible for conducting independent methods and procedures for research involving molecular and cellular biology, as well as animal (NHP and small animals) in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine work in the Regional Biocontainment Facility (RBL). Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, designing and conducting independent studies; analyzing, preparing and presenting data as a means of providing recommendations to PI based on analyses; performing advanced biochemical and molecular biology techniques; maintaining tissue culture lines and generating primary cell cultures; independently initiating and troubleshooting research protocols; handling and manipulating small and large laboratory animals for inoculation, organ retrieval, RNA isolation and other necessary procedures and treatments; supervising and training other professional research personnel in specialized techniques; operating and maintaining laboratory equipment; maintaining thorough documentation of laboratory results and ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies.

Supervision of rotating students and undergraduate personnel required.

This position may require a yellow fever vaccination and successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation.

Education Required Master's

Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience

Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Two years of laboratory experience in biology, molecular biology, immunology and virology. Extensive experience 6 years or more may be substituted in lieu of degree requirement.

Required Licenses/Certifications

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.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time

Percent Effort 100

Scheduled Work Hours Work Schedule to Vary

If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Typical work schedule will be Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00; however, other hours may be necessary based on assignments and deadlines.

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours

Campus Pittsburgh

University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Posting ID 157695

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Do you have a Bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?

  • Yes

  • No

  • How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?

  • Career Development Center (CDC)

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)


  • Currently a University Employee



  • Pitt Career Services

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • Pittsburgh Technology Council

  • PittSource Search

  • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below




  • Internet Search

  • Other: (Please specify below)

  • Please specify from above (if applicable):

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents