Lab Tech I - NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Dr. Susan Kaech

La Jolla, CA
May 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all positions (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.


The Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Lab under the direction of Dr. Susan Kaech aims to understand how memory T cells are produced during infection and vaccination, how they function and why they can fail to induce long-term immunity, particularly during chronic disease or cancer. The lab has been a leader in using genetic and molecular tools to identify the genes and signaling molecules involved in generating two specific types of memory T cells, CD4 and CD8, from precursor cells during both acute and chronic viral infections.

Under close supervision, the Lab Tech I position performs tasks and experiments in support of academic research projects. This is an entry level, part-time position. Hours are flexible with coursework for student incumbents. Incumbent will provide support to other members of the lab, including buffer preparation, re-stocking lab supplies, checking inventory of supplies. Other duties may include sterile cell culture, protein purification and genotyping mice by flow cytometry (prior experience not necessary). Incumbent must be willing to work with mice. This position is tailored to increasing experience in a lab setting. Good organizational skills and communication are essential.


(100%) Research Support

  • Routine Lab Maintenance
  • Conducts Cell Culture
  • Performs Molecular Biology Techniques
  • Performs Supervised Flow Cytometry



  • No professional level experience required


  • Hands-on undergraduate lab courses in biology.



  • Basic understanding of biological concepts, such as that typically obtained in undergraduate biology courses.


  • Undergraduate coursework in biological sciences or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Ability to adapt to changing needs of a dynamic lab.
  • After initial instruction, ability to follow directions and perform repetitive tasks.
  • Ability to communicate required information and keep accurate records of work performed.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.


  • Ability to perform sterile technique for tissue culture.


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.


This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, handling, seeing, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, and working inside. 

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