Utah State University

Research Technician II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/6/2021 12:27 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
40 hours per week
College of Science
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Jackson Lab at USU seeks a Research Technician II to express and purify CRISPR associated proteins and protein ribonucleoprotein complexes, use standard techniques to manipulate plasmid DNA, and to perform in vivo and in vitro biochemical assays. Additionally, the candidate will be asked to train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in biochemical techniques and skills.

  • Express and purify CRISPR associated proteins and protein ribonucleoprotein complexes. 50% of time
  • Train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in biochemical techniques and skills. 25% of time
  • Manipulate DNA using various techniques such as Gibson cloning and restriction enzyme cloning. 15%
  • Characterize CRISPR associated proteins with in vivo and in vitro biochemical assays. 10%


  • The research technician will design and implement experiments relating to the analysis of CRISPR immune systems. This includes the collection, preparation and analysis of research data.
  • The researcher will design safety procedures and adapt protocols and methods as needed.
  • The position requires the maintenance of a detailed research notebook summarizing experiments and recording data.
  • The researcher will tabulate and display data for presentation at research conferences and for manuscript preparation for scholarly dissemination of the research.
  • The researcher will supervise and participate in the training of students and volunteers as necessary.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience or an associate degree/vocational training is required.
  • Willingness to learn new biochemical techniques
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry or equivalent
  • 2 years of experience working in a research laboratory
  • Experience heterologously expressing and purifying protein
  • Basic understanding of CRISPR adaptive immune systems

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your 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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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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