• Research Technician

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/19/2018 2:59 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Microbiology & Immunology
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    The Research Technician provides support for research projects in an infectious disease microbiology laboratory within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The Research Technician will perform general and more specific laboratory tasks, including: cleaning and sterilization of glassware, general laboratory cleaning, preparation of cell culture media and chemical solutions using appropriate aseptic techniques, preparation of microbiological media, growth and maintenance of bacterial cultures, light maintenance of lab equipment (including water baths, incubators, etc.), performance of basic cell biological and microbiological techniques (isolation, growth, quantitation, storage and recovery), mammalian cell culture, maintenance of chemical inventories, and data entry. Position may allow for developing own research projects if desired.


    This is a provisional position. Provisional positions are funded by external grants or contracts with established end dates. When the grant expires or is not extended, the provisional position will be eliminated. Employees in provisional positions may apply for other positions at UAMS when their provisional position ends.


    Salary: $28,627


    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy


    The research technician will perform general and specific laboratory tasks, including:

    • Performing or assisting with experiments that provide direct data contribution to ongoing research efforts (includes molecular cloning, RNA and DNA isolation and analysis, PCR and qRT-PCR, cell culture, animal experiments, and bacterial culture).
    • Inventory and maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies, cleaning and sterilization of glassware, general cleaning and restocking of the laboratory, making chemical reagents.
    • Light maintenance of laboratory equipment (water baths, tissue culture hoods, microscope, etc.).
    • May perform other duties as assigned.


    Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry, cell biology or related field OR High School diploma plus 4 years of laboratory experience required.


    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • Should have a basic knowledge of the equipment used in a research laboratory.
    • Should be capable of formulating and making stocks of media and other chemical reagents.
    • Prior experience in cell culture techniques and basic microbiological techniques is a plus.
    • Ability to keep organized records and notes needed.

    UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. 

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Occasionally
    Sit: Occasionally
    Walk: Occasionally
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
    Talk: Occasionally
    Hear: Occasionally
    Taste or smell: Never
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
    Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment
    Noise Level: Moderate
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: Biological, Chemical


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