Laboratory Technical Specialist (Molecular Biology)

Job description

The Laboratory Technical Specialist is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-3. The Laboratory Technical Specialist supports the teaching and research efforts of the Biology Department, in the area of Molecular Biology, by maintaining and curating departmental equipment and materials used in molecular analysis, and overseeing and training students in use of shared instruments. Assists faculty with laboratory preparations for courses and research needs, complementary with efforts of other Biology Staff.

Key Responsibilities

Scientific Equipment and Instruments

  • Provide technical assessment and training associated with shared equipment and instruments used in molecular/cellular teaching and research.
  • Maintain electronic curatorial information on shared equipment, instruments, and reagents, including storage location and usage information.
  • Manage maintenance and usage of shared equipment such as centrifuges, qRTPCR, gel imaging systems, and incubators.

Teaching Laboratory Support
  • Prepare reagents and biological materials for teaching labs, such as reagents, fruit flies and cell cultures, coordinating with responsibilities of other Departmental staff.

Environmental Demands
  • Exposure to biohazards and chemical hazards
  • Lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 pounds (re-positioning and transferring equipment)


  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology or affiliated field OR Associate's Degree in a relevant field with at least five years of experience working in a relevant research environment
  • 3 years of experience working in a research environment
  • Experience and understanding of instruments used for molecular biology analysis
  • Familiarity with biohazard regulations and chemical safety regulations
  • Experience with basic computer software for organizing electronic databases
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with flexibility and efficiently between research and teaching labs
  • Experience working with a diverse community
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and lift test

  • Graduate Degree in Biology or affiliated field
  • More than 5 years of related experience
  • Experience with culturing and propagating microorganisms and other model systems (such as Drosophila melanogaster) used in teaching labs
  • Experience with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) work conditions

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!





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Posted: 1/3/2019
Application Due: 3/4/2019
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