Research Technician 2

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Job Title: Research Technician 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8790

Working under frequent supervision of the principal investigator and senior level staff within the laboratory, the Research Technician 2 will maintain the lab’s animal colony, and will perform all animal husbandry, genotyping and play a critical role in animal experimentation and tissue collection. The research work of the lab is focused on identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying inflammatory skin disease and its associated co-morbidities, including arthritis, depression, atherosclerosis and thrombosis. This position will work with mice.


    Perform technical duties (running and maintaining mice colonies) according to specific instructions and protocols. This will include ensuring there are sufficient mice for experiments, husbandry, weaning and monitoring the health status of mice on a daily basis. (40%)Perform basic routine experiments including DNA isolations and PCR genotyping for the lab according to specific instructions/procedures. Collect tissues from knockout and transgenic mice and enter results into databases. (40%)Record experimental data. Collect and complete detailed records and results of experiments for faculty and lab staff. Extract data for follow up and experiment planning purposes. (10%)Contribute to the daily function of the lab; purchase routine lab supplies as needed, collect receipts for purchases and provide feedback on planning all experiments involving mice. (6%)


Perform other duties as assigned (4%)


Department: Daily contact with supervisor and lab manager to discuss research. Work closely with other research assistants, fellows, students and collaborating investigators. Contact with members of the Nutrition, Dermatology and other departments as necessary, members of the Skin Diseases Research Center, and collaborators at CCF-LRI (CCLCM) and University of Michigan at both research and administrative levels to discuss research. Regular contact with the Animal Resource Center and the University veterinary staff to discuss research.

University: Occasional contact with other departments, including the IACUC, to share information.

External: Limited or no contact with vendors to exchange information.

Students: Contact with student employees to discuss experiment results and data as needed.


No direct supervision of staff employees.


Experience: 1 to 2 years of experience required.

Education: High School education required.


    Ability to rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to complete outlined experiments and proceduresPrevious experience working with animals preferred.Must demonstrate compliance with Case Western Reserve University animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedures and compliance to regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines and other applicable regulatory guidelines. Must demonstrate compassion for animals within Case Western Reserve University facilities and dedication to the Animal Resource Center’s mission. Must handle animals with care and respect at all times.Effective oral and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the University. Must have exceptional organizational skills and be capable of multitasking. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy.Ability and willingness to rely on and follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Must be willing to work with mice.Ability to operate laboratory equipment.Must be self-motivated, goal oriented, responsible and capable of working well in a team environment, and capable of working on their own with daily supervision.Good computer skills, including Microsoft Office and data analysis.Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.Ability to meet consistent attendance.


General laboratory environment. May have exposure to hazards including paraformaldehyde, human tissue and human cells, general chemicals, and mice. May be required to use personal protective equipment, including standard lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when appropriate.

Case Western Reserve University’s animal facilities are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is managed according to the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” appropriate Federal Animal Welfare Regulations, and the Public Health Service “Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals." This position, and all animal research personnel, are subject to internal compliance to Animal Resource Center Standard Operating Procedures and to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 7/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time