Research Technician III

Rochester, NY


There is a full-time research technician III position available in the Phizicky Lab needed to study the biology of tRNA modifications and tRNA decay pathways in the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe . The research employs cutting edge techniques in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and biochemistry.

For an overview of projects in the laboratory, please see:


This position reports to Eric Phizicky, Ph.D. After initial guidance and training, this position requires that the individual be able to plan, design, and execute experiments independently, analyze data that is generated, and help troubleshoot results. This person will also occasionally help train and/or guide others in existing lab techniques.


  • After initial guidance, plan, design, and execute experiments in research projects using a number of molecular biology methods for construction and analysis of plasmids and strains; transformation of yeast and E. coli; and analysis of yeast growth.

  • After initial guidance, plan, design, and execute experiments in research projects to purify and characterize RNA from yeast, and purify and analyze proteins, using established protocols.

  • After initial guidance, generate data from experiments by use of appropriate instrumentation and software; use the data to prepare excel files, power point slides, and word documents for review, presentations, and publications; and analyze and evaluate the data.

  • Occasionally train and guide others in the lab on lab protocols, equipment usage, and use of software.

  • Assist in generating and maintaining large strain and plasmid collections associated with research projects in the lab.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment items and initiate necessary work orders for repairs. Order routine lab supplies. Maintain lab safety records, perform and document lab safety inspections surveys.

  • Participates in lab and research meetings.

Other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or GED required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Chemistry, Microbiology, or a related field preferred.

  • 5 years specialized experience in related field required, or equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • OSHA safety requirements; scientific laboratory experience required.

  • Highly motivated, ability to multitask, good organizational abilities, and ability to work well as part of a team preferred.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Powerpoint, and Excel) preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written communication preferred.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

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How To Apply

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $20.92 - $29.29 Houlry

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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