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Research Laboratory Technician I

Company Name:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Research Laboratory Technician IResearch Laboratory Technician I
Agency Name:
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Official Title:
Research Laboratory Technician I
Functional Title:
Research Laboratory Technician I
Occupational Group:
Laboratory
Position Type:
Not Given
Full-Time or Part-Time:
Full-Time
Salary Range:
$0.00 to $0.00 Annually
Bargaining Unit:
N/A
Shift:
Day
Confidential:
No
Number Of Vacancies:
1
City/Town:
Worcester
Region:
CENTRAL
Facility Location:
55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655
Application Deadline:
09-07-2014
Apply Online:
No
Posting ID:
J43198Duties:
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform a variety of laboratory experiments using both routine and special techniques and methods
Assist in more complex laboratory tasks
Collect, analyze, and process laboratory samples
Record results, organize data, and perform basic computations
Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment
Comply with all safety and infection control standards
Perform other duties as required
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee
SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
None
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens
Qualifications:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor-s degree in Biological Science or equivalent experience
Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
Ability to perform duties independently
Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems
Preferred Qualifications:
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Working knowledge of the Linux operating system and/or programming/scripting/statistical skills
Comments:
GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Division of Transfusion Medicine's overall research focus involves understanding the role of segmental duplication and copy number variation in human disease susceptibility and pathogenesis. Segmental duplications, blocks of transposed genomic DNA within or between chromosomes, have long been recognized as an important substrate for the evolution of novel genes. As a result of the human genome project, they are now generally recognized as a significant source of copy number variation (variation between normal individuals) that can impact human disease. We are optimizing both experimental and computational approaches for the assessment of copy number variation within the context of several specific diseases. Utilizing technologies such as array comparative genomic hybridization and massively-parallel sequencing we hope to gain novel insight into etiologic and pathogenic mechanisms.
One focus of the lab is directed towards dissecting the role of copy number variation in the pathogenesis of malaria. Malaria has been one of the strongest selective forces affecting the human population and still accounts for an estimated two to three million deaths per year. Another focus of the lab isexamining the role of copy number variation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig disease.
Position will focus on performing large-scale human genomic and genetic analyses using innovative techniques mainly involving high-throughput next-generation sequencing within a laboratory concentrated on understanding the role of DNA copy number variation and the genetics of infectious disease.
Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Laboratory Technician I, performs a variety of specimen preparatory techniques, dry lab data collection, and routine laboratory maintenance.
UMass Medical School is committed to being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and recognizes the power of a diverse community. We encourage applications from protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and those with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to consider UMass Medical School as their employer of choice.
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
How To Apply:
Please apply via the following link:
Agency Web Address:
The Commonwealth acts in good faith to affirmatively recruit a diverse population.If you wish to self-identify, please click on the links below. Completing this formis voluntary. If you choose to self-identify, please note that all Affirmative Actionand Disability data is kept in a confidential file.Link to Disability Form (return this form to the ADA Coordinator listed below)
to the Veterans Forms (return this form to the Diversity Officer listed below)
Officer:
N/A
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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