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Lab Technician I - Peptide Biology, Dr. Lee

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Lab Technician 1 is intended to learn and assist with routine lab support. Under general supervision, activities include: collects and prepares mouse DNA samples for analysis; prepares solutions and media under sterile conditions;  performs various molecular biology techniques; and assists with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering/stocking of supplies. 


(70%) Collection/Preparation of mice DNA samples for analysis

  • Collects and prepares mouse DNA tissue samples for analysis.
  • Handles and restrains mice.
  • Learns principles of and assists with management of mice colony.

(30%) Research Support

  • Performs various techniques in molecular biology such as: DNA extraction and analysis and PCR reactions.
  • Performs inventory of chemicals and supplies; orders laboratory supplies and stocks laboratory areas as required.
  • Operates sterilization equipment ensuring appropriate conditions for material being processed.



  • No professional level experience required.


  • Prior experience in a laboratory setting is preferred, including experience gained via undergraduate laboratory coursework.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.



  • Undergraduate student enrolled in college –first two years
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Basic knowledge in biological sciences or related fields, which may be obtained by completion of basic biology course.


  • Undergraduate coursework and interest in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics or related discipline.



  • Basic theoretical knowledge of biological sciences (particularly cell and molecular biology and genetics)  Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills and creativity
  • Able to perform routine, repetitive functions.
  • Ability to learn and apply standard laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Organized and effective at multitasking and adept at juggling changing priorities.
  • Demonstrates ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrates basic professional skills with attendance, dependability, and communication
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment; ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials
  • Skills utilizing sound judgment, tact and a recognition of situations requiring confidentiality
  • Ability to diplomatically and professionally interact with all levels of Institute staff and external contacts
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory and safety procedures
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.


  • N/A


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must meet minimum Salk age requirements for working in a research lab.


The incumbent in this position will be constantly handling, seeing, and sitting.


Working at Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

Salk Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Statement

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other persons.

Our policies prohibit harassment or unlawful discrimination against individuals on the basis of sex, gender, marital or parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions/disabilities related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation age, ancestry, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), family and/or medical care leave status, disability (mental or physical), registered domestic partner status, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status (disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, other covered veteran status), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license), race, religion or any other classification protected by local, state or federal laws.

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Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities and for individuals with religious restrictions.

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