Research Technician II (Extended Temporary)

Tucson, AZ
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Nutritional Sciences-Res

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona (UA) Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seeks a Research Technician II for a project on the incorporation of dietary fatty acids into lipid metabolism and the roles in intestinal homeostasis, inflammation, and cancer. Qualified candidates will be required to perform data collection, execute specific laboratory techniques and work with other members of the research team. This position requires initiative and judgement based on knowledge and understanding of scientific theory. The candidate will be required to perform various aspects of the research project, including culturing human and murine cells, routine PCR, and gel electrophoresis, assist with animal models of inflammation and cancer, operate instruments, perform assays, and record data. The candidate will work as part of a team, prepare presentations for group discussion, and coordinate with others to conduct the activities of the research team, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as volunteers, ensuring safety and effectiveness.

The Research Technician II may plan and design research experiments, write methods and laboratory protocols, and must have exceptional organization skills, as well as technical and problem-solving skills. The preferred candidate will have experience and knowledge of animal models to include genotyping, observation, and data collection, as well as tissue collection, preservation and analysis for protein, lipids, and RNA; cell culture maintenance; animal model development, testing and optimization. The candidate may be required to perform research experiments and may be required to work with potentially hazardous materials such as toxic chemicals and/or radiation.

This position will be active for a minimum of six (6) months and may last no longer than twenty-four (24) months. This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and monitor research activities including experimental design, data collection, evaluation and analysis
  • Review professional, scientific and academic literature to utilize appropriate research methodologies, techniques and procedures for the animal model and cell culture experiments
  • Work with the other members of the lab in the execution of the study, establishing priorities, recommending schedules, and time tables
  • Provide training to others involved in the study on the operation of complex research equipment and instruments for the proper collection of research data
  • Maintain detailed records of studies conducted, organize data, prepare data for computer input and record computer output
  • Operates laboratory and experimental equipment such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, analytical balances. Performs minor repairs and arranges for major repairs to be performed
  • Assists in performing necropsies and surgical procedures on research animals
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies; may maintain bookkeeping records
  • Train's students and staff in the operation of equipment and/or in the performance of technical procedures
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of: animal models, including genotyping, model and strain. husbandry and maintenance, data and tissue collection for the analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins and lipids; cell culture maintenance; lipid metabolism with a preference for sphingolipid metabolism
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data
  • Ability to effectively communicate
  • Knowledge and experience in designing and performing long term studies using animals (mice)
  • Knowledge and experience with aseptic techniques for creating and maintaining sterile culture environments
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, software, equipment, instruments, data collection and analytical data tools

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required AND Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or related field appropriate to the area of assignment



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Full Time

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Yes - Full Benefits

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hourly rate



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Research & Lab

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Ashley Snider
[email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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