Research Technologist 2

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Full/Part Time:


The Okafor lab in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Pennsylvania State University has an opening for a level 2 Research Technologist. Our group uses a wide range of molecular biology, cellular, and biochemical approaches to study protein function and structure. The ideal candidate will be a valuable member of our team, playing a strong role in the success of our daily operations. Responsibilities will include performing a variety of defined biological experiments according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules. Experiments may include cloning, molecular biology, biochemical assays, tissue culture, protein over expression and purification, RT-PCR, and more. May assist in protocol design; investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by PI; assist in planning and scheduling research procedures; analyzes and interprets results of studies; demonstrate and train others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques and equipment; calibrates, troubleshoots, and performs routine maintenance of equipment. Perform laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization, ordering of supplies, inventory, media and buffer preparation, reagent preparation, and more. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's of Science degree in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or a related field with additional years experience working in a laboratory setting is preferred. Prior experience with protein over-expression and purification, cloning, and tissue culture is preferred. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing past research experiences, CV with information for at least two references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year with excellent 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