General DescriptionThe Research Technologist, following protocols under the supervision of a faculty investigator, will perform laboratory tests utilizing requisite lab equipment and instruments, making minor adjustments as required. Typically works with biohazardous materials. Performs laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include various assays, specialized techniques such as study specific microbiology (e.g. culture and identifications of specific bacteria), ELISA, immunoblot methods, electrophoresis, PCR, and basic tissue culture, following established procedures or protocols. This position may require experimental work with laboratory animals, especially rabbits, but could include mice or rates. This position may also require the individual to travel to other countries, such as Africa or Asia, to train laboratory staff in these countries on certain laboratory methods employed in the research.
Responsible for routine laboratory maintenance, preparing solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures and ordering supplies. Prepares sterile media such as agar in plates, jars, or test tubes for use in growing bacterial cultures. Uses sterile techniques to avoid contaminating labor experiments. Prepares, cleans, sterilizes, and maintains laboratory equipment, glassware, and instruments used in research experiments.
Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt.
Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens. Complies with biohazard/radiation safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents and/or radiation sources in the workplace. Completes annual university biohazard/universal precaution/radiation safety training, as appropriate.
Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision. Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on essentially procedure-oriented operations.