Research Tech I/II (Weiskopf Lab)

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #315
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

A full-time position for a research technician is available immediately with the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (San Diego) in the lab of Dr. Daniela Weiskopf. The successful candidate will join group of researchers and be involved by performing experiments critical for high-impact projects investigating human T cell reactivity.Our research focuses on studying the T cell response against emerging pathogens, such as dengue, zika, and chikungunya viruses as well SARS-CoV-2.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Research Technician will primarily perform and analyze data derived from flow cytometry-based experiments using state-of-the-art flow cytometry technology; and apply a wide range of other immunological techniques including but not limited to isolating primary cells, long term cell culture, and FluoroSpot/ELISPOT assays.


Research Technician responsibilities will also include:

Preparing buffers, solutions, and routine lab chemicals. Laboratory administrative duties that include maintaining a research database, data entry into spreadsheets, and ordering/receiving supplies. Installing, operating, and maintaining laboratory equipment. Organizing and keeping accurate and meticulous records of all reagents in freezers, refrigerators, and liquid nitrogen tanks.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 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 pipettes.
  • Proven experience in accurate record keeping with ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team.


Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated proficiency in flow cytometry, FluoroSpot/ELISPOT, Microsoft Office package, basic knowledge of programming.


Special Conditions:

  • Must be willing to work with biohazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with human blood.


Interested applicants please submit the following in a single attachment:

1.     A brief cover letter relating how your talents fulfill the criteria for this position

2.     Your resume/CV

3.     A minimum of two references (three preferred).


Applications without a cover letter will NOT be reviewed.

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Other details

  • Job Function RT
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $16.64
  • Max Hiring Rate $32.54
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  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA