Research Tech II - Uncovering mechanisms of virus - host interaction

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research Req ID: 74088

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The focus of the Weitzman laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Division of Protective Immunity at CHOP is to define mechanisms that comprise the complex interaction between viruses and the infected host cell.  Toward this goal, the lab utilizes a wide variety of techniques including cell culture, biochemistry, molecular biology, genome sequencing, and mass spectrometry. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to several ongoing independent research projects that address different aspects of virus infection and host defense. Projects in which the candidate participates may lead to authorship on scientific manuscripts. This position will provide a strong foundation for individuals contemplating continued training in medical or graduate school.



  • Performs basic laboratory maintenance tasks including cleaning and autoclaving dishware, performing routine maintenance on equipment, and preparing chemical solutions for laboratory use. Also assists in cataloging and organizing laboratory chemicals, plasmids, primers, etc.
  • Ensures that laboratory supply needs are met by inventorying, ordering, and maintaining reagents and supplies.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of any protocols for laboratory safety, biosafety, etc. Ensures that all laboratory staff and trainees are up to date and compliant with training requirements or guidelines.
  • Performs research procedures on experimental samples as directed by Principle Investigator including cell culture, viral infection, PCR, isolation of nucleic acids, sequencing, and performing microscopy techniques.
  • Records and interprets results, organizes data, maintains organized laboratory notebook, and prepares short reports to be submitted to and discussed with the Principle Investigator
Job Responsibilities
  • Performs routine tests under the direction of principal investigator or supervisor
  • Performs research procedures on experimental samples as directed
  • Records and checks results for completeness and accuracy
  • Performs calculations and maintains appropriate log and lab notebooks
  • Performs tasks that require familiarity with fundamental techniques and equipment
  • Assists with planning specific research protocols and procedures
  • Maintains office, lab area, reagents, supplies and equipment
  • Cleans and performs routine maintenance on lab equipment
  • Coordinates schedules of tests & procedures
  • Attends courses, seminars, and lab meetings to expand knowledge of research and laboratory techniques
  • Records results, organizes data and maintains lab notebook in an organized manner
  • Conducts literary searches as directed
Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Associates Degree or active enrollment in a Bachelor’s Degree Program


Required Experience: Nine (9) months of laboratory experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s Degree


Preferred Experience:

  • Eighteen (18) months of laboratory experience
  • Related internship experience.



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