Research Technologist 1

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College Of Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Full/Part Time:


The laboratory of Dr. Scott Lindner in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) ( is seeking a Research Technologist to be involved in their work on the transmission of malaria parasites (Plasmodium spp.) to/from mosquitoes. The primary job responsibilities for this Research Technologist will be the consistent production/rearing of healthy Anopheline mosquitoes in a lab environment and maintenance of cells in culture. Candidates with experience in rearing laboratory insects a plus, but not required. This position will require 1-2 hours of work on a few weekends per month, with coverage provided for other weekends by other members of the laboratory. Once mosquito rearing duties are mastered, the successful applicant will also be fully integrated into other ongoing projects with the Lindner Lab (e.g. molecular biology, microbiology, mouse studies) and will be expected to thoughtfully conduct and analyze experiments, and to participate in the general operations of the lab along with other lab members. Additionally, excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent organizational and computer skills (MS office suite) are required. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference is given to those with the following experience: working with and rearing mosquitoes, working with mice and their tissues/blood, working with human blood/serum, working in cell culture and light/fluorescent microscopy, but training for job responsibilities will be provided. The candidate must be able to work independently after training is complete, and be comfortable working with mice, mosquitoes, and blood/blood products. Duties may also include basic laboratory management (ordering, receiving, organization, reagent preparation), light cleaning duties to maintain the insectary space, and adhering to laboratory safety protocols. Job responsibilities may increase to include more advanced projects and experiments (based upon candidate’s interest and funded research projects available) when core responsibilities are done solidly and reproducibly. Enthusiasm, curiosity and initiative to learn new methods and to perform work efficiently and carefully are essential. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088