Research Technician II

Rochester, NY


The main purpose of this job is to perform complex laboratory assignments in accordance with standard practices and procedures. The primary project with which the job will be associated is the development and testing of microphysiological systems (MPS, also known as tissue chips) for modeling neuroinflammation in response to respiratory virus infections.


  • Experimental Research (70%): Carry out tasks central to integrating and testing photonic sensors in MPS. Techniques include human cell culture in MPS, and photonic sensor fabrication and testing. Experimental research duties may be further subdivided as:
  1. Conducting chemical vapor deposition on photonic sensor chips and printing antibodies using a piezoelectric spotter (10%).

  2. Running control assays to ensure sensors are functional (20%).

  3. Conducting mammalian cell culture to prepare MPS (20%).

  4. Collecting photonic sensor data from MPS (20%).

  • Recording and Analysis of Data (20%): Collect, record and analyze results from research experiments. Results must be organized and summarized in suitable form for presentation at laboratory meetings. Maintenance of an accurate and up to date notebook is a requirement for this position.

  • Reagent management (10%): interface with commercial suppliers to receive reagents into the lab. As reagents are received, prepare aliquots for storage, and maintain an inventory of all reagent stocks associated with the project.


  • Associate's degree in appropriate discipline required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or Chemistry preferred.

  • 2-3 years specialized experience in related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Experience with human cell culture, bioanalytical methods (UV-Vis, SPR), and optical instrumentation are highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of OSHA safety requirements and scientific methods required.

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All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $19.37 - $27.12 Hourly

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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