The primary purpose of this position is to provide research and administrative support for the
various national VA cooperative study, Merit grant, Career Development Award or Clinical
Science Merit Review projects that is funded and regulated by VACO. The incumbent is to serve
as a Biological Science Lab Tech in the Research Department.
Following are the Required Qualifications of the Biological Science Lab Tech .
Must have been awarded at least a Bachelor’s degree in an applied science (see duties and
responsibilities) and a US citizen
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs work involving molecular biology assays/procedures, such as DNA extraction, PCR
amplification, and quantitative PCR reactions.
2. Collect and maintain primary data.
3. Maintain careful records of clinical samples obtained, processed, submitted for
sequencing, and analyzed.
4. Create and maintain study databases in REDCap and assist with transferring information to
study data analysts.
5. Organizing and maintaining study samples in frozen stocks.
6. Apply general and specialized laboratory practices in a biology laboratory, based on a
knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology.
7. Prepare reagents and reference materials. Perform routine and repetitive test and
examination procedures. Assist in the development of testing protocols under the direction of
the principal investigator.
8. Create, complete, and maintain meticulously detailed records of all experiments and
procedures in a laboratory notebook.
9. Using a computer and appropriate software, perform preliminary analyses on results
obtained and render interpretations of the data.
10. Keep the laboratory stocked, maintain inventories of supplies, and order items as necessary.
11. Properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials and waste. Maintain chemical
inventories, read and maintain appropriate MSDS sheets and safety files.
12. Using a computer and appropriate software, complete and submit Institutional Review Board
(IRB) and Subcommittee on Research Safety (SRS) paperwork.
Experience preferred, but not required, in all the following areas:
13. DNA extractions from biologic tissues or fluids
14. Basic PCR and primer development
15. Quantitative PCR using Roche LightCycler
16. Nanodrop reader for determining nucleic acid/protein content in samples
17. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
18. Perform ELISAs
19. Aseptic technique in the preparation of and handling of sterile supplies, clinical samples, and
20. Observe established safety regulations and guidelines for handling chemicals, biological
specimens, and pharmacological agents used in laboratories.
21. Experience using low- and intermediate-sped centrifuges, spectrophotometers, pH meter
22. Establish and maintain study records in paper as well as electronic form (REDCap database)
Application must include: