Animal Lab Technician - Brissette Lab

Grand Forks, ND
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

To perform laboratory technical duties in support of Dr. Brissette's NIH-funded research in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Duties & Responsibilities

Participate in research activities in the Brissette laboratories including conducting experiments. In addition, perform supportive functions such as ordering supplies, autoclaving glassware, preparation of reagents and cell culture.

  • Perform research involving biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and cell biology approaches.
  • Work with mice, including handling of animals, injections, bleeding, and dissections.
  • Prepare media, reagents and stock solutions.
  • Prepare records and reports of laboratory analysis, test results and interpretations.
  • Clean, sterilize and maintain laboratory equipment, instruments and work areas.
  • Maintain cell and bacterial cultures for tissue culture work.
  • Bench techniques: electrophoresis, PCR, analysis of RNA and DNA, protein extraction, western blot, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence.

Lab maintenance and coordination of supplies including purchases.

  • Clean and otherwise maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain stocks of DNA, antibodies, primers and other reagent inventories.
  • Ordering laboratory supplies and reagents.
  • Stocking lab supplies once they arrive.

Review of data and draft conclusions for reports

  • Clearly document results of experiments and analyses in hard-copy or electronic format.
  • Actively participate in analyses of experimental data including spreadsheets, charts, graphs, etc.

Assist the supervisor in the laboratory operations: record keeping, training lab personnel, preparation of manuscripts and grants.

  • Assist the supervisor in training of other lab members in techniques, protocols and concepts, lab safety, record keeping.
  • Actively participate in discussions in laboratory meetings and present their results at outside meetings, including poster presentations and oral presentations.
  • Assist the supervisor in preparation of manuscripts and grants using the data obtained by the individual.
Required Competencies
  • Proficiency with MS Office software, especially Word and Excel.  Other experience in software (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, Graphpad/Prism) is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory setting with equipment such as pipets, centrifuges, microscope, PCR, real-time PCR, etc.
  • Must be willing to learn and develop new techniques in the above areas with reasonable supervision.
Minimum Requirements
  • Associate's Degree in Biology.
  • One year of work experience in a laboratory (through formal education and/or training).
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (Biology/Chemistry)
  • Research experience in molecular biology (PCR/cloning, etc.)
  • Research experience in microbiology, particularly spirochetes
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification
  • $32,000+/year, dependent upon experience
  • Full-time, benefited, non-exempt position
Work Schedule

40 hours per week


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

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