Research Specialist II

2 weeks ago
Molecular Biology
Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Work Schedule
Tuesday through Friday, 21.75 hours/week, schedule TBD with supervisor


Princeton University's Department of Molecular Biology seeks applicants for a part-time Research Specialist to assist teaching staff with two laboratory courses.  


Throughout the year, the Lewis Thomas Teaching Laboratory Research Specialist will aide in the planning and preparations for all laboratory sessions, including ordering equipment and supplies, preparing and testing reagents before dispensing for student use, maintaining functional equipment (ranging from micropipettes to analytical balances to microscopes), and maintaining a safe and productive laboratory (keeping inventories, restocking, handling chemical waste, organizing and cleaning). During class sessions, the Research Specialist will be following daily laboratory protocols and setting up reagents, equipment, supplies in addition to the timely clean-up and breakdown of laboratory after each session.


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline;
  • Ability to perform and learn basic molecular biology laboratory techniques such as restriction enzyme analysis, polymerase chain reaction, microbial manipulations, sub-cloning, reporter assays, and immunofluorescence;
  • Micropipetting proficiency (e.g. accurately aliquoting reagents);
  • Knowledge/experience with aseptic technique;
  • Ability to calculate molarity, weight to volume measurements, etc. for accurate reagent and buffer preparation;
  • Basic computer skills (WORD, EXCEL);
  • Ability to maintain the laboratory including inventory and restocking of supplies;
  • Demonstrated organizational and record keeping skills;
  • Ability to maintain equipment;
  • Attention to detail, including laboratory safety and cleanliness;
  • Ability to comprehend daily laboratory protocols and set up reagents, equipment, supplies;
  • Ability to perform timely clean-up and breakdown of laboratory after each session

Preferred qualifications include:   prior lab experience; knowledge of chemical hazards (e.g. compatibility for chemical waste, when to use protective clothing, etc); knowledge of use and care of compound microscopes; familiarity with a variety of model systems (e.g. fruit flies, worms, fish, bacteria, yeast, etc.).


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

RSP, 020

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required



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