Job Title: Research Technician
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605180
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The Ladner Lab (https://www7.nau.edu/ladnerlab/) at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) at Northern Arizona University seeks a Laboratory Research Technician to perform basic and applied research to support several projects focused on a novel approach for highly multiplexed antiviral serology (PepSeq, https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.27.222943v1). Applicants should have experience working in a biosafetly cabinet under biosafety level 2 (BSL2) conditions. The top candidates for this position should be highly motivated, have good communication skills and experience with ELISA assays, DNA sequencing and database management.
Primary duties will include:
- Running commercial and in-house ELISA/FLISA assays
- Organizing and maintaining a serum sample repository
- Preparing libraries for next-generation DNA sequencing
- Working under BSL2 conditions
- Working both independently and in a team-based environment
- Laboratory management and maintenance of shared reagent stocks
- Working safely with potentially hazardous materials, such as laboratory chemicals and disease-causing organisms
- Attend required safety trainings
- Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR,
- Four years lab research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR,
- Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
For positions involving future BSL3 work, additional qualifications would include:
- Willingness and ability to pass a Department of Justice Select Agent Program Security Risk Assessment; AND
- Willingness and ability to participate in occupational health monitoring required by Northern Arizona University
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in molecular genetic analysis
- Ability to work safely with hazardous chemicals and biohazardous materials
- Candidate must be well-organized, with an eye for detail
- Skills with analyzing and evaluating scientific data
- Ability to work successfully within a large team-based laboratory group
- Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
- Ability to work with people from culturally diverse backgrounds
This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.
If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.
Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
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Commensurate with experience.
**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.
This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The incumbent is eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time according to University policy. Further, the employee must submit timesheets that accurately reflect all hours worked.
This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.
Learning and Development
Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.
February 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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