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Washington University of St. Louis Senior Research Technician - Molecular Microbiology - 46598 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. The ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours is required.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Molecular Microbiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Opportunity to join a highly dynamic research group engaged in biological research in a laboratory setting. The Senior Research Technician performs and assists with complex research studies, experiments, and assays primarily involving work with rodent models of disease.


  1. Maintains animal (mouse) breeding colony and maintains up to date records in an appropriate database. Assures compliance with all aspects of animal. Assists with training others on approved protocols.
  2. Performs research protocols following standard methods and procedures. Enters data into spreadsheets and databases and maintains current data files on research projects. Performs preliminary statistical analysis and graphing of data.
  3. Performs experiments with animals (rodents) including PCR genotyping, monitoring of infection following challenge with microorganisms, and isolation of tissue samples and/or cells for in vitro analysis.
  4. Performs isolation of DNA from cells and tissue samples. Performs PCR and gel electrophoresis analyses for genotyping. Maintains database for genotyping records.
  5. Provides training for other lab personnel in order to facilitate complex experiments with animals. Provides technical support by assisting other members of the lab or collaborators with animal experiments.
  6. Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
  7. Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree with two years of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling seven years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Prior experience working with animals and/or microorganisms.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
  • Familiarity with basic laboratory math calculations, formulation of solutions, and processing of quantitative data.
  • Working knowledge of computer software, spreadsheets, database entry, and general lab equipment.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $17.00 - $22.96 per hour.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and work with research animals (rodents).

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Senior Research Technician - Molecular Microbiology - 46598

Job ID: 46598

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular