Technical Assoc-Sr (S)

Rochester, NY


The Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology is seeking a Senior Technical Associate to provide direct research and teaching support at the senior professional level in the research laboratory of Dr. David Topham. This position will include taking charge of small, complex research projects or by directly participating in a major aspect of a larger research project; and provides guidance to or directly supervises technicians, laboratory aides, and professional staff.


Tissue Culture Hood, Centrifuges, Incubator, general lab equipment, Fluorescent microscopes, Flow Cytometers (Facscan, FacsCalibur), DNA, RNA and protein gel electrophoresis, PCR, Spectrophotometers (e.g. Elisa Reader), Luminometer, Scintillation counter, MacIntosh/IBM Computers


With broad guidance as to research project objectives, is in charge of laboratory operations in support of small, complex research projects or in major aspects of larger research projects; or works independently in a phase of research of a complex project. Responsibilities include most or all of the following, as well as other related duties:

25% Collaborates with investigators in writing protocols for the conduct of research which include: purposes of study, design of experiments, lists of materials and methods to be used, and the schedule of activities. Assists faculty researchers in the design of research projects and in the preparation of research proposals.

20% Organizes research activities in accordance with approved protocols. Informs staff (laboratory aides, technicians, professional assistants) of their responsibilities in the project. Teaches laboratory techniques and instrumentation procedures to graduate students, research faculty and professional laboratory support staff. Counsels them on technical problems, advises and assists them with special research projects.

15% Directs the gathering of research materials, supplies, and equipment. Evaluate the performance of research equipment, making design changes or developing new approaches for its use. Develops and installs operating procedures for the laboratory. Develops and modifies test methods; selects procedures for data collection and handling; develops or arranges for computer programs for conversions and statistical treatment of data.

15% Summarize research outcomes and write manuscript and generate data figures to submit for rapid publication of the results. Designs research projects or sub-projects, contributes to writing of research proposals, and prepares regulatory documentation required for performance of research. Writes protocols for the conduct of research, which include: purposes of study, design of experiments, lists of materials and methods to be used and the schedule of activities.

5% Maintains contact with outside research laboratories, vendors and technical representatives concerning assigned area of research. Orients visitors to the laboratory.

10% Directs the gathering of research materials, supplies, equipment and apparatus and experimental. Coordinates service support: repair of equipment, requisitioning of supplies and research materials and minor construction. Evaluates the performance of research equipment, making design changes or developing new approaches for its use.

10% Searches scientific literature for reference and relevance to technical problems involved in cancer immunology research projects. And present the research progress in domestic/national meetings. Keeps abreast of trends in field of interest by reading current research literature, abstracting scientific articles of value in the prosecution of research problems, and attending and presenting at scientific meetings, seminars and research conferences.

Other projects and job duties as assigned.


Master's degree with major course work in the field of assignment. With a Master's Degree, a minimum 3 years of professional experience in the field of assignment. With the equivalent of a Master's Degree in experience, training, and education, 5 years in the field of assignment with some independent research experience; or an equivalent combination of experience, training, and education.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 054 Ctr Vaccine Biology & Immuno
Schedule: 8:30 AM-5 PM