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University of Rochester Laboratory Technician III - 217216 in Rochester, New York

Laboratory Technician III

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School of Medicine & Dentistry

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 077 Pharmacology & Physiology




Position Summary:

Responsible for completing established laboratory functions including cell culture, molecular, biochemical and cell biological experiments. Additional responsibilities include the maintenance, breeding, genotyping and organization of a number of transgenic mouse colonies. Will assist with overall functioning of the laboratory including ordering supplies, making stock solutions, equipment maintenance, and training. Experience in cell culture and willingness to work with mice is required. Ability to work in a lab team environment with a diverse group of personnel is essential.


Biological experiments including cDNA purification, cloning, PCR amplification, restriction analysis, etc.

Perform tissue sectioning, immunofluorescence and other cell biological experiments. Perform experiments involving protein purification from animal tissue and cultured cells, E. coli protein expression, Western blot analysis and biochemical assays. Optimize assays.

Breeding of Mouse ColoniesMaintenance and breeding of multiple lines of transgenic mice. Responsibilities include generation of ear punches and tail snips, maintaining breeding records and setting up weekly breeding schedules.Mouse GenotypingResponsibilities include PCR analysis of genomic DNA obtained from ear punches and tail snips, as well as detailed record-keeping of mouse genotypes in laboratory database.

Preparation/Maintenance of Cell Cultures

Generate and maintain cell cultures (e.g. primary skeletal muscle, human airway epithelial cells, HEK293 cells, etc.). Prepare culture media and solutions, feed cells regularly, propagate and freeze cells for later use.

General Laboratory Maintenance

Order supplies and work closely with departmental administrative office staff on purchasing and account issues. Prepare common reagents, train other laboratory workers, under graduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in relevant laboratory techniques and equipment use. Provide support and technical assistance on experimental problems that may arise during the course of their experiments. Maintain functionality of lab equipment, as well as the overall organization of the lab, and comply with all institutional laboratory safety procedures. Maintain careful laboratory notebooks, analyze data on PCs, and design new protocols.

Research Analysis, Presentation, Searches

Prepare literature searches as needed. Analyze and present findings to PI and/or in laboratory meetings.


Associate's degree in appropriate discipline plus 2-3 years specialized experience in related field; B.A. or B.S. degree in Biology, Chemistry or other appropriate discipline strongly preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some experience in cell culture and willingness and ability to work with mice is required.

  • Strong computer skills, including experience with scientific software, Excel, Word, etc.

  • Ability to work in a lab team environment with a diverse group of personnel is essential.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision once trained, and to listen to, convey, and exchange information with other laboratory personnel.

  • Requires the use of eyes, hands, and fingers with skill and the ability to perform mathematical calculations using algebra and practically apply percentages, fractions, and ratios.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal; follow instructions; and record information accurately.

  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail.

  • This position may entail prolonged periods of standing and walking and requires the safe use of toxic chemicals.

  • License/Certification Required: Institutional certification for laboratory personnel (e.g., laboratory safety training, vivarium, etc.)