Research Technician SR
Logan, UT 
Posted 10 days ago
Job Description
Research Technician SR
City Logan Campus
Requisition ID 2020-2853
# of Openings 1
Job Locations US-UT-Logan
Category (Portal Searching) Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification Non-Exempt
College College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Department Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

Senior Research Technician in the Select Agent laboratory for the Institute of Antiviral Research (IAR).  Ensures completion of both in vivo and in vitro antiviral studies as well as the continued operation of the Select Agent (SA) laboratories. 


A senior research technician within the SA laboratory reports to IAR Principal Investigators and helps manage work, as well as full- and part-time employees with regards to work conducted in the SA laboratory.

    Assists and manages personnel and the day-to-day operations within the SA laboratory.
  • Assist with the management of animal technicians to ensure adequate labor is available to complete in vivo and in vitro antiviral studies.
  • Assists with the design, execution, interpretation, and publication of research experiments.
  • Completes lab animal experiments according to written protocols, including viral infections and treatments of laboratory rodents with antiviral drugs and vaccines.
  • Assists with the completion of in vitro antiviral studies, including infection of cell culture plates, evaluation of cell viability, and generation of virus stocks.
  • Performs plaque assays and plaque reduction neutralization testing.
  • Performs RNA isolation from virally infected cells or tissues and RT-PCR.
  • Performs ELISAs to evaluate host immunological responses.
  • Evaluates and summarizes data for the Principal Investigators.
  • Maintains accurate records and logbooks within the SA laboratory.
  • Complies with all safety and security regulations within the SA laboratory.
  • Works with CDC/USDA inspectors to ensure compliance for SA lab inspections.
  • Researches and recommends parts and supplies for the maintenance of the SA laboratories used by the IAR.
  • Performs or supervises routine and preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment, ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment, materials and supplies; performs periodic safety checks of equipment.
  • Investigates emerging technologies and makes recommendations for implementation.
  • Performs general lab maintenance such as cleaning and restocking of lab supplies.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 3 years of laboratory research experience or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, and teamwork skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with laboratory animal research while working in biosafety containment level BSL3 or above.
  • Previous experience working with viruses

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, manage, and work with other technicians.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and to identify and solve problems.
  • Skilled in examining adjusting operations and procedures, formulating policy, and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and revise safety policies.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures, especially within the SA laboratory.
  • Ability to evaluate the cost of supplies and determine cost-effective measures.
  • Ability to perform routine calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted as the last step of the application

3. Contact information for three Professional References


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full or Part Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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