Research Technician (VD-Sette)

Research Technician

We are seeking a full-time Research Technician for a position at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology working on high-impact projects with implications in various infectious diseases. The Technician will join the lab of Alessandro Sette, who studies the human immune response to a variety of complex antigens, such as allergens, viruses and bacteria. Our research utilizes the tools of bioinformatics-based epitope predictions to identify correlates of immune responses through studying blood samples from vaccinated individuals or those suffering from active infections. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to the identification and characterization of immune responses.


Under the supervision of the principal investigator and postdoctoral scientists, the Research Technician will assist in performing research in immunology/vaccine discovery. The Research Technician will perform a wide range of immunological techniques such as ELISPOT, isolating primary cells, cell culture and flow cytometry.

The Research 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.


Candidates must have:
•B.A./B.S. or higher in a biological science, chemistry, or biochemistry. Previous experience in a cellular/molecular biology laboratory is a bonus.
•Theoretical knowledge of biology, 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, balances, and pH meters
•Proven experience in accurate record keeping with ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data
•Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team

Preferred qualifications:
•Superior oral and written communication skills
•Demonstrated proficiency in flow cytometry, ELISPOT, or ELISA

Special Conditions:
•Must be willing to work with recombinant DNA and biohazardous materials.
•Must be willing to work with human blood

How to Apply:

Interested applicants, please submit your resume/CV and contact information for 2-3 professional references in a single file attachment here.

About LJI
In 2013, LJI was ranked as the #1 place to work in academia based on a survey by The Scientist magazine. The Institute hosts 23 world-renowned faculty and over 70 postdoctoral researchers hailing from 21 different countries.
In 2016 and 2017, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal.
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 employer contributions to a retirement plan (403B).
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