Laboratory Technician

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Laboratory Technician

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Laboratory Technician (lab tech) will assist the project manager in maintaining the daily operation of the research lab or group, with particular focus on animal husbandry. The Laboratory Technician has oversight for animal care, including husbandry, feeding and embryo preparation. Focus is on zebrafish, with secondary backup responsibilities for frog (Xenopus) care. Responsible for keeping animal systems running effectively, for maintaining water chemistry, and cleanliness. Excellent record-keeping essential, and compliance with animal care protocols. As needed, repairs or contracts with aquatic company to maintain systems.

The lab tech will be responsible for training new lab personnel in animal methods. Will supervise work study or other persons to assist with fish feeding. Will assist with collaborations from other groups wanting to use zebrafish.

Beyond animal duties, this position will contribute to running the lab, including reagent and solution preparation.

This position will forecasts materials and supply needs for the lab, orders basic lab supplies, and assists the Purchasing department with servicing and maintaining major lab equipment. Interacts with vendors to investigate novel supplies and technology.

In consultation with the Principal Investigator or other project manager, they may contribute to aspects of experiments that support the overall goals of the research group. May manage a database to compile and present results in a meaningful manner.

Collaborates with PI or project manager to analyze results and to address complex technical problems. Consults scientific literature as needed.

This position will assist in implementing changes in protocols or methods and train lab personnel or collaborators on methodologies.

Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor's degree in biology and 2-3 years of experience in a research laboratory.

Experience working with zebrafish (or other fish or Xenopus) essential. Experience working with recirculating animal systems, in animal husbandry. Experience in setting up matings towards embryo preparation is helpful.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills required.

Able to lift 30lb as needed.

Available for short periods of time over weekends to maintain lab.

Preferred Qualifications:

Some supervisory/management experience preferred.

Knowledge of various scientific databases and some experience with publishing or presenting experimental results desirable.

Salary Grade:

Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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