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Research Tech I (VD-Sette)

Research Technician I VD-Sette

Job summary:
We are seeking a full-time Research Technician for a position at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology working on diverse high-impact projects. The Technician will join the lab of Alessandro Sette, studying the human immune responses to a variety of complex diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, tuberculosis and pertussis. Our research uses the tools of bioinformatics-based epitope predictions to identify correlates of immune responses through studying blood samples from individuals with the disease or previously exposed to the pathogen. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to the identification and characterization of T cell responses.

Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the principal investigator and senior scientists, the Research Technician will assist in performing T cell immunology research. The Technician will utilize a wide range of immunological techniques such as ELISPOT, isolating primary cells from blood, cell culture and flow cytometry. Experience in any of these techniques is a plus, however pertinent training will be provided.

The Technician is also responsible for preparing buffers, solutions, and routine lab chemicals, and is responsible for laboratory administrative duties that include maintaining a research database, data entry into spreadsheets, and ordering/receiving supplies. Other duties include installing, operating, and maintaining laboratory equipment, as well as organizing and keeping accurate and meticulous records of all reagents in freezers, refrigerators and liquid nitrogen tanks.

Qualifications
Candidates must have:

•B.A./B.S. or higher in biological science, chemistry, or biochemistry
•Previous experience in a cellular/molecular biology laboratory is preferred
•Theoretical knowledge of immunology, cell biology or related field at the college “upper division” level; or equivalent knowledge and experience
•Demonstrated proficiency in basic and advanced tissue culture techniques
•Proven experience using laboratory equipment such as centrifuges and pipettes
•Proven experience in accurate record keeping with ability to organize, analyze and calculate data
•Superior oral and written communication skills
•Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team

Special conditions:
•Must be willing to work with recombinant DNA and biohazardous materials
•Must be willing to work with human blood
Interested candidates MUST submit a CV, cover letter, and a list of three references (all as one attachment) to be considered.

How to Apply:
Applicants should send their resume and cover letter to be considered. Please apply here.

About LJI:
In 2017, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. The Institute hosts 24 world-renowned faculty and over 70 postdoctoral researchers hailing from 21 different countries. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer.

Full-time employment at LJI includes a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits, paid vacation/sick leave, and contributions to a retirement plan (403B).

LJI provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or pregnancy. This applies to all personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, educational assistance, and social and recreational programs.