Research Technician III

Rochester, NY


Position Summary:

This position provides research support to public health surveillance projects and clinical trials in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The employee will be responsible for processing human subject-derived biospecimens and performing complex molecular pathogen detection assays under the guidance of laboratory management. Position involves coordinating and collaborating with lab staff and research coordinators for tracking and timely processing of biospecimens as well as packing and shipping specimens to collaborators. Operating and maintaining specialized scientific equipment, ordering laboratory supplies and reagents, and adhering to established protocols and procedures is expected (including ordering of laboratory supplies and reagents in compliance with all University and Departmental standards and procedures). Strong organizational skills and attention to detail is essential.


Specimen Processing

  • Prepare workstation for efficient workflow and stock with necessary supplies.

  • Label, aliquot, and freeze specimens per study protocols for testing and storage.

  • Enter specimens into all appropriate databases.

  • Interact with enrollment team to rectify discrepancies.

  • Clean and disinfect workstation.

Specimen Testing

  • Populate log sheets.

  • Perform nucleic acid extractions.

  • Generate experiment worksheets.

  • Run real-time RT-PCR experiments.

Lab Maintenance

  • Ordering and restocking supplies.

  • Attending lab meetings and conference calls.

  • Maintaining certifications and trainings.

  • Clean and organize lab.

Data Management

  • Enter results into various databases according to study protocols.

  • Respond to data queries from study sponsors.

Specimen Shipping

  • Identify samples to send.

  • Create necessary shipping logs, and pack and ship specimens in accordance with IATA regulations.


  • Stay up to date on all assigned trainings, including GCP, HSPP, UR annual, hazardous goods shipping, and other study-specific modules.

Other duties as assigned


  • Associates degree in life sciences or another STEM field required.

  • 2 to 3 years’ experience in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

  • Candidate should be highly organized, detail oriented with strong communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and to recognize when problems arise.

  • Prior experience in handling human subject-derived biospecimens is preferred.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Outlook and Excel) required.

  • Selected applicant will be required to take numerous U of R-specific certification courses (e.g., OSHA safety, IATA shipping, UR annual mandatory trainings) required.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 21.36 - $ 29.90 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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