Scientific Lab Technician

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UNT System Overview

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

Posting TitleScientific Lab TechnicianDepartmentUNT-Biological Sciences-121100Job LocationDentonFull Time/Part TimeSalary InformationSalary Commensurate with ExperienceDepartment Summary

The BioDiscovery Institute delivers research solutions to underpin the utilization of biosystems for production of food/feed, polymers, construction materials, bioactive molecules, and biofuels. The institute operates through a pipeline linking sustainable plant production platforms, metabolic engineering and the development of new materials. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of findings and solutions to meet market issues and needs. UNT is a student-focused research university with an emphasis on sustainability, UNT is the nation’s 25th largest public university, and is committed to serve its 38,000 students while powering the North Texas region through innovative education and research.

Position Overview

A full-time staff position as Scientific Lab Technician is open immediately in the Chapman lab, BioDiscovery Institute, University of North Texas. This person will execute experiments as directed by the lab supervisor in cooperation with other laboratory personnel. In addition, this individual will develop and maintain a log of research protocols and procedures and help to train others where necessary. This individual will serve as to point person for questions related to safe laboratory practices and will interface with lab manager to maintain accurate records of laboratory materials, supplies, personnel training and biosafety protocols. Experience with modern molecular biology and protein biochemistry techniques is required. Excellent organizational and time management skills are desired qualities for the successful candidate. Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related discipline, and at least five years’ experience in a research laboratory. UNT is an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in related field and one year of related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• General understanding of the field of science or engineering related to position.
• Knowledge of special equipment used in teaching laboratories and/or test instruments, repair equipment, tools and parts in use in the field.
• Ability to teach and/or supervise others through demonstration and verbal communication.
• Knowledge of scientific techniques, methods and procedures.
• Ability to locate and replace defective parts and troubleshoot technical equipment.
• Ability to prepare accurate assays/samples or perform arithmetical computations and maintain detailed records.

Preferred QualificationsRequired License / Registration / CertificationWork Schedule

Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm

Driving University VehicleNoSecurity SensitiveThis is a security sensitive position.EEO Statement

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification TitleScientific Lab TechnicianPhysical RequirementsCarrying, Cleaning, Sitting, Standing, Walking Job Duties


Conducts various experiments in molecular biology and biochemistry in support of lab research objectives. Knowledge of scientific research techniques, methods and procedures


Operates and trains others in the proper use of research instrumentation and equipment. Working knowledge of equipment used in related fields of research.


Trains and/or assists other researchers where necessary in all phases of research projects. Considerable knowledge of laboratory research techniques, health, safety, and security precautions in keeping with type of research being done.


Records detailed observations and measurements. Ability to set up and operate research instrumentation and equipment. Ability
to obtain accurate, reproducible results and to prepare reports, charts, or graphs on results.


Prepares technical reports in support of research goals. Ability to work effectively with fellow researchers, staff members, faculty, supervisors and students. Ability to draft clear, well organized reports.


Interface with lab manager to maintain accurate records of laboratory materials, protocols, supplies, personnel training and biosafety protocols. Ability to organize clear records, standard operating procedures and safety protocols.

Posting NumberS1207PPosition End Date (if temporary)Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuicklink for Posting Questions

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  1. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
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  2. * What is your highest level of education attained?
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    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
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Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae




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Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 10/21/2020
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