Research Technician III

Rochester, NY


The technician will provide technical support for experiments performed in a Tumor Immunology Laboratory. Projects in the lab focus on understanding tumor biology and microenvironment, predictive biomarkers, and mechanisms of cancer-related muscle wasting. Major histology studies include muscle, diaphragm, intestine, and pancreatic cancer. The PI is a muscle physiologist in the division of surgical oncology. The Technician should be expected to work independently, organize and troubleshoot experiments, and integrate different experimental approaches to address scientific aims. The Technician must be able to work in a collaborative lab environment internal and external to the Division and Department.

The Technician will plan and perform animal surgeries, routine molecular and immunobiology techniques as well as technical functions including the development and maintenance of laboratory safety protocols, experimental protocols, purchase and maintenance of laboratory supplies, equipment and budgeting. The Technician will oversee and train new laboratory personnel including undergraduate and graduate students in routine research techniques. Working with human cell culture and mouse models will be required. Results from experiments performed by the Technician will be used both in publications and grant proposals.


  • Assists with animal husbandry, maintenance of mice, pre- and post- surgical preparation, surgeries, and animal sacrifices as needed. Isolates cells from primary mouse muscle and analyze cells by flow cytometry, analyze mouse and human serum using immunoassays.

Molecular Biology Techniques

  • Develops, implements, and troubleshoots experiments utilizing molecular biology techniques, including isolation of RNA and DNA, PCR, RT_PCR, and qPCR.

Cell Biology Techniques

  • Cultures, treats, and transfects immortalized cell lines using basic cell culture techniques.

  • Analyzes data, provides written summaries of data for grants and publications, and develops figures for grants and publications. Use software applications to generate test reports; present results including results of literature reviews to supervisor and PI and at lab meetings with the research team. Prepare figures and tables for grant applications or to present data. Critically appraises research methodology and identifies issues or potential for issues and makes recommendations to PI and Supervisor for resolutions. Prepares basic statistical testing including graph generation. Assists with budget preparation.

  • Prepares general buffers and media. Oversees maintenance, management, and/or repair of equipment. Independent management of the laboratory's chemical inventory. Monitors and coordinates ordering of lab inventories ensuring orders for equipment and supplies as properly processed. Trains individuals in the appropriate use of equipment. Performs in depth comparative research to obtain the best product at the best price and provide informed recommendations to the PI and Supervisor for decision making. Meets with vendors to review equipment/laboratory needs. Responsible for orderly appearance of the laboratory.

  • Trains and supervises new lab personnel and students; directs and assists laboratory personnel, undergraduate and graduate students, and technicians in the laboratory in terms of execution and troubleshooting of their experimental work, including research compliance around animal care and routine research techniques.

  • Monitors quality of day-to-day work of these individuals. With supervisor, involved in interviewing and hiring decisions; evaluating performance and resolving performance issues.

  • Provides instruction to other laboratory personnel in BSL2 procedures and general laboratory research techniques. Orients new and collaborating laboratory personnel to laboratory-related procedures.

  • Attends weekly laboratory meetings and relevant seminars pertinent to the research goals of the laboratory. Meets with PI on a regular basis to discuss research findings and make recommendations regarding future directions.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required

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

  • Experience with Animal work and surgeries required

  • Advanced computer skills including MS Word and Excel, required. Experience using flow cytometry software, statistical software packages such as Prism are preferred.

  • Knowledge of general laboratory safety processes, universal precautions, aseptic cell culture technique, handling of mice and practice of rodent euthanasia required. Thorough documentation of results in written and electronic database formats will be required. Skills in basic database management and generation of publication-quality figures preferred. Needs to be proficient in anesthetic techniques preferred.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $20.92 - $29.29 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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