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Research Technician - Comparative Pathobiology
Tufts University

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2023
Title Research Technician - Comparative Pathobiology
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Department of Comparative Pathobiology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - General


The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB) supports faculty and staff who teach, conduct research, and provide diagnostic services to the small and large animal hospitals as well as outside organizations. Educational areas of emphasis include Clinical Skills, Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Biochemistry, Organ Systems and Pathophysiology, and Veterinary Pathology. Research areas include reproductive biology, neuroscience, and biotechnology. Faculty provide anatomic and clinical pathology diagnostic services through the Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which supports patient care by the school’s hospitals.
The Comparative Pathobiology and Genomics Shared Resources (CPGSR) is housed in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB). The Genomics portion of the CPGSR includes spatial profiling and analysis of RNA and DNA, (e.g., using Nanostring GeoMx Spatial Profiler, nCounter Max, Illumina NextSeq 2000, 10X chromium controller, Agilent tapestation and Biomek i7 liquid handling system) Although the CPGSR is housed in CPB, the director of the Genomics portion of the CPGSR, also supervisor for this role, has a primary appointment in the Department of Clinical Sciences and secondary appointment in CPB (Heather Gardner).

What You'll Do

This position will be in the Comparative Pathology and Genomics Shared Resource laboratory with a focus on molecular biology and next generation sequencing sample preparation. It will involve a variety laboratory related tasks under the general supervision of Dr. Heather Gardner at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The primary tasks as a Research Technician will be:

  • Assisting with ongoing experiments submitted to the laboratory, which may include PCR, biosample processing and preparation (e.g. nucleic acid extraction, cryopreservation), library preparation and sequencing.
  • Perform benchtop experiments under direction of the CPGSR director, involving tissue processing,
    RNA/DNA/Protein isolation, PCR, library preparation and sequencing
  • General lab maintenance
  • Assisting with record keeping and ordering supplies
  • Managing requests from internal and external users.
  • The individual will be expected to take on new and/or additional duties as skills improve as lab needs change.

The position will require substantial data recording and maintenance of lab


This is a part-time position with an anticipated schedule of 30 hours, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 3 pm

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • At least one year of laboratory experience performing molecular
    techniques is required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in biological sciences
  • Basic computer skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Be highly motivated to learn new methods, well organized, very careful and willing to accurately follow detailed instructions.
  • No previous NGS library preparation experience is required, however the successful candidate will have previous experience in molecular laboratory techniques (e.g. PCR, etc).

Pay Range

Minimum $19.80, Midpoint $23.55, Maximum $27.30

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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