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Laboratory Technician I - Biological Sciences

Salary: $16.00/hour
Location: Biological Sciences
Position Status: Full-time
Hours: 35 hours per week*
Position Number: 30-178
Open Date: August 2, 2017
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Apply To: Applicants should submit a resume/CV and cover letter via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/43641.


This is technical Molecular Biology laboratory support work with scientific research projects in a laboratory setting. Work involves providing support for, and contributing to, research projects by: maintaining inventory supplies, overseeing lab cleanliness, conducting tests and experiments, and assisting with collecting and recording data for research and experimental purposes. Work primarily makes use of molecular biological, cell biological, and biochemical lab practices, including but not limited to immunoblotting, molecular cloning, DNA gel electrophoresis, cell culturing, and fluorescence microscopy. Experience with these techniques is an asset. Assignments and work evaluation will be received from the professor/grant administrator (Principal Investigator).
Additional guidance is provided through University regulations for environmental safety. Supervision and monitoring may be exercised over students and staff working in the laboratory. *This position is scheduled to work 35 hours week between the hours of 9AM-5PM Mon.-Fri.


  1. Monitors supplies and submits requisitions in keeping with budgetary guidelines.
  2. Prepares experimental reagents and solutions to supervisor specifications.
  3. Conducts experiments (see sample of techniques listed above) and records finding under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.
  4. Collects data for research and experimental purposes following established research procedures.
  5. Assists in statistical and comparative analysis of experimental data including use of appropriate computer software applications.
  6. Reports findings by assisting in the development of written reports.
  7. May conduct literature searches related to the research project.
  8. Oversees cleaning of lab area.
  9. May train and/or supervise student aides working in the laboratory.
  10. Performs related duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will possess a bachelor's degree in the particular field of study (i.e. biology or biochemistry) and previous related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the essential job functions. This may include but is not limited to: knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; ability to follow experimental procedures and to report results accurately; ability to keep inventory of materials and equipment, requisition supplies, and maintain purchasing documentation; ability to use laboratory materials and equipment properly so as to assure validity of results and preserve a safe working environment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students; ability and willingness to support the University Mission Statement; knowledge of proper procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals and materials; and knowledge of computer applications used to record, analyze, and report findings.


Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty and staff job applications electronically. Please send a letter of application describing your experience and interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/43641.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.