Penn State University
The Research Technologist in Reproductive Biology will assist in reproductive biology research designed to enhance our understanding of fundamental processes in the regulation of ovarian function. The laboratory utilizes in vitro and in vivo (large animal) models coupled with cellular and molecular methods to investigate the endocrine and immunologic factors that modulate ovarian function and signaling in the corpus luteum. Oversee and manage lab resources, equipment and supplies. Oversee the modification, validation and conduct of analytical procedures and the design and performance of research projects. Operate and train others on the operation of complex laboratory equipment such as a fluorescence cell analyzer, a magnetic cell sorter, microscopes and image analysis equipment; routine protocols, and analysis of data. Oversee all quality control/quality assurance and safety aspects of the laboratory. Assist PI with grant preparation. The Research Technologist will coordinate administrative and technical arrangements for research projects. Prepare summaries of research projects conducted in the laboratory. Provide professional expertise and intellectual guidance on project design. Supervise undergraduate students. May publish in peer reviewed journals. Exact duties will be commensurate with experience and ability of the selected individual. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus seven years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. An M.S. or Ph.D. in agricultural or biological sciences is preferable. The selected candidate must possess excellent communication skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences in a team environment. Organizational skills and motivation are essential. Experience in a biological sciences research laboratory environment is required; experience with molecular biological techniques, cell culture, ELISA, immunological procedures and experience with large animals or willingness to work with large animals is desired. The successful applicant must have demonstrated the ability to apply academic knowledge to the conduct of research. The position is located on the University Park campus in the Department of Animal Science. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of refunding.
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