Research Technician

at UAMS (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Research Technician

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Position Type

Regular Full-Time


COM Microbiology & Immunology

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This position is exposed to laboratory animals

The Research Technician provides support for a basic science research laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. This position will perform general and more specific laboratory tasks, including: cleaning and sterilization of laboratory materials, general laboratory cleaning, preparation of cell culture media and chemical solutions using appropriate aseptic techniques, maintenance of lab equipment (including water baths, incubators, etc.), performance of basic molecular biology (in vitro cell culture, molecular cloning, virus production and titering, Western blots, etc.) and next generation sequencing techniques (custom library preparation), maintenance of chemical inventories, inventory of reagents, and data entry. Specifically, this position requires 100% effort towards research projects.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.

UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family

Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave

Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)

Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS

Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000

Career Training and Educational Opportunities

Merchant Discounts

Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary: $29,120 or $14/hr.









Preparation, purification, and maintenance of laboratory stocks for viruses, cell lines, and plasmid DNA.

Order laboratory supplies (obtaining quotes, filling and submitting ordering forms, tracking order status and receiving orders), as well as restocking the laboratory, and maintaining records of laboratory inventories (reagents and supplies).

Oversee staff compliance with the University, State and Federal guidelines for the safe operation of the laboratory.

Perform or assist with experiments that provide direct data contribution to ongoing research efforts, including cloning of DNA constructs, preparation of next generation sequencing library, genetic manipulation of cell lines, etc.

Train new laboratory personnel in these techniques.

Clean and sterilize laboratory materials including glassware and plastics, and maintenance of laboratory equipment (incubators, water bath, tissue culture hoods, microscope, liquid nitrogen tank, etc.)

Perform other duties as assigned.









High School diploma/GED plus 1 year of experience in performing tests in a research laboratory required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Ability to work closely with various laboratory animal specimens.

Must be willing to work with, handle and perform experiments involving viruses and mammalian cell culture.

Basic knowledge of the equipment used in a research laboratory.

Capable of formulating and making stocks of media and other chemical reagents.

Able to keep organized records and notes is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or biochemistry.

Prior experience in sterile culturing techniques.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.






Physical Requirements



Stand: Frequently

Sit: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally

Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less

Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally

Talk: Frequently

Hear: Frequently

Taste or smell: Occasionally

Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously

Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment

Noise Level: Moderate

Visual Requirements: Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity

Hazards: Biological, Chemical


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Job Posting: 3066124

Posted On: Sep 24, 2021

Updated On: Oct 06, 2021