The Department of Structural Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is seeking a qualified Research Technician.
The Research Technician responsibilities include a) constructing plasmid constructs encoding various proteins to be studied in the laboratory, b) performing large-scale plasmid preparations using cesium chloride density gradient ultracentrifugation, c) expressing proteins in both bacteria and mammalian cells for biophysical and structural analysis using ITC, SPR, SAXS, NMR, X-ray crystallography, and Cryo-electron microscopy, and d) performing SPR and ITC measurements. The researcher is expected to intellectually contribute to the projects underway in the laboratory, which are interdisciplinary in nature, with emphases in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, molecular biology, chemistry, and computational biology (see hincklab.structbio.pitt.edu). The development of the intellectual capabilities of the researcher will be aided by senior personnel in the laboratory, as well as by regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings with the laboratory head, group meetings, group presentations, and departmental seminars.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
Bachelor's degree in related field.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt... faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.
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