University of Rochester Laboratory Technician II (S) in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 075 Dept of Biomedical Genetics




Position Summary

As a member of the Spinal Cord Research team, you will participate in preclinical studies aimed at the development of novel treatments for spinal cord injury. Projects will involve the use of rodent models of spinal cord injury, and duties include surgical procedures, animal behavioral testing and care, histological processing, cell biological essays and data analysis. The individual will perform a variety of moderately complex experiments towards the understanding of formation and potential treatment of spinal cord injury with particular emphasis on the analysis of in vivo drug efficacy and impact on the central nervous system using relevant animal models.

Initially, this individual will perform assignments working with daily supervision from the Project Director or the designee. Over time, this individual will develop some independence in planning and performing laboratory tests using procedures and practices that are standard in our laboratory.

Typical Duties

  • Assists project director with tests that involve the use of small animals (rats and mice). Survival surgeries, administration of experimental therapeutic agents and in vivo behavioral testing of the animals will be involved. This includes subsequent analysis of in vivo work and resulting samples.
  • Plans and performs a variety of experiments and analyses investigating changes in tissue pathology and structure caused by injury and prevented by our new treatments.
  • Prepares reports using well defined methods. Calculates and records results. Presents data in prescribed formats. Prepares data for presentation or publication.
  • Extracting from data, literature searches and existing resources to come up with reasoning to interpret experimental observations or problems that may be encountered. Uses theoretical knowledge to interpret data and troubleshoots experiments and equipment malfunctions. Independence in problem solving is highly encouraged.
  • Performs general laboratory duties such as preparing reagents and re-stocking supplies. Maintains laboratory chemicals and ensures proper disposal. Helps to ensure laboratory compliance for safety and fire inspections.
  • Provides assistance and training for incoming students.
  • Participates in program seminars and enrichment activities.


Associate's degree in appropriate discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience in field of in vivo analysis of tissue injury and/or tissue analysis
  • Experience in molecular and cell biology
  • Ability to conduct research on rats

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Laboratory Technician II (S)

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 209340

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time