Utah State University

Research Technician II, III, or Senior

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/9/2020 6:40 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Seeking Research Technician in the Select Agent laboratory for the Institute of Antiviral Research (IAR). Supports completion of both in vivo and in vitro antiviral studies as well as the continued operation of the Select Agent (SA) laboratories. Perform technical procedures in a research laboratories under minimal supervision by applying standard scientific techniques, and analytical principles. Assists researchers by performing routine tests, collecting data, assisting with data analysis, setting up and operating equipment, and maintaining various records.

No supervisory responsibilities but may train and guide undergraduate students and/or student employees. 



As a research technician within the SA laboratory, the new hire will report to IAR Principal Investigators and the Animal Core Group Leader.

  • Performs day-to-day operations within the SA laboratory.
  • 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 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.
  • Maintains accurate records and logbooks within the SA laboratory.
  • Complies with all safety and security regulations within the SA laboratory.
  • Performs or supervises routine and preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment, ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment, materials and supplies, and performs periodic safety checks of equipment.
  • Performs general lab maintenance such as cleaning and restocking of lab supplies.


Minimum Qualification for Research Technician II:

  • Two years of experience or an associate degree/vocational training is required, plus 1 year of laboratory research or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, and teamwork skills.

Minimum Qualification for Research Technician III:

  • Four years of experience; or an associate degree plus two years of experience; or a bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required.

  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, and teamwork skills.

Minimum Qualification for Research Senior:

  • Six years of related experience; or a Bachelor’s degree plus two years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required.

  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, and teamwork skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with laboratory animal research while working in biosafety containment BSL2 or above.
  • Previous experience working with viruses.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2. Contact information for Three Professional References

3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted in a text box at the end of application


**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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.



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