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University of Rochester Laboratory Technician III (S) - 215862 in Rochester, New York

Laboratory Technician III (S)

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School of Medicine & Dentistry

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 077 Biochemistry and Biophysics




Position Summary:

A Laboratory Technician III is needed for a project designed to investigate evolution of drug resistance in clinical isolates of human fungal pathogen Candida albicans. The Laboratory Technician III performs non-routine research laboratory assignments involving some complexity and variety. All tasks will be guided by written and oral directions from the PI (Elena Rustchenko-Bulgac). Independently troubleshoots equipment and experimental problems and presents results in the form of Power Point presentations at lab meetings as directed.


Plan and perform a variety of moderately-complex laboratory tests, analyses and observations which may require nonstandard procedures and complex instrumentation. Troubleshoots malfunctioning equipment and makes simple repairs and general laboratory management:

General lab management: maintaining the lab equipment including organizing warranty information; placing routine orders for supplies; placing phone calls for service repairs; performing lab surveys for radiation safety; documenting waste/disposal; sending reagents to colleagues who request them and keeping track of what was sent where and when; and over-seeing the lab aide and his/her functions in preparing clean lab ware; filing journals, making bacterial plates and simple solutions and running errands on behalf of the lab.

  • Extract/produce data, requiring some theoretical insight and interpretation of empirical data; prepares test reports:

Perform molecular biological techniques: plasmid vector construction, analysis and production.

Grow C. albicans cells and deposit them to the freezer; PCR analysis of gene expression (RT-PCR); UV/Vis spectrophotometry; agarose gel electrophoresis; determination of glucan and chitin components of fungal cell wall.

Independently troubleshoot equipment and experimental problems and present results in the form of Power Point presentations at lab meetings as directed

Operate computer and/or peripheral equipment; assists in preparing programs.

  • Document experiments: requires documentation of all laboratory activities, procedures and modifications and experimental results obtained from work done at the bench. This includes not only maintaining the personal notebook, but also the lab catalogues of protocols, and plasmid stocks.

Direct and/or review work of lower-classified staff:

  • Orient and train new lab members: any new rotating/permanent graduate students, as well as new post-doctoral candidates and visiting scientists requiring training in laboratory methods and procedures.


Associate’s degree in appropriate discipline plus 2 to 3 years specialized experience in related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with some academic training in biochemistry or molecular biology or in a related field and familiarity with MS Office programs (Word, Powerpoint, and Excel) preferred.

  • Must be able to troubleshoot, think independently, and have good scientific judgment about when to seek advice from others when there is a problem.

  • Strong attention to detail, interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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