Research Specialist I

6 days ago(1/12/2018 7:37 AM)
Molecular Biology
Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Work Schedule
9:45 am to 6:00 pm (during training the hours are standard business hours)
Name of Lab
Confocal Facility


 A full-time technician position is available in the Confocal Imaging Facility (CIF) laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. The CIF provides support for Princeton University faculty and student research utilizing multiple imaging modalities. This position reports directly to the Facility Director. 


Specific duties include:

  • Assist with and carry out routine widefield and confocal experiments with users (students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty). Orient new users to the lab and directly contribute to the successful daily operation of the facility. 
  • Upon demonstration of appropriate knowledge base, training to operate several different types of instrumentation will be provided with the goal of independent execution of a wide variety of imaging experiments. 
  • Perform daily and weekly quality control checks on all microscopes. Keep accurate, legible records to monitor instrument performance. In concert with Facility Director, complete scheduled and unscheduled system maintenance as needed. 
  • Assist in maintaining instrument/experiment calendars and become expert in the use of iLab scheduling software.
  • Archive all facility data and maintain workstation computers.
  • Organize and maintain a resource reference library for users.
  • Perform routine laboratory duties including ordering of lab supplies, general lab upkeep, disposal of laboratory waste, and routine maintenance of laboratory equipment, including weekly sterilization and monthly cleaning protocols. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the CIF Director.


Essential Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, biotechnology or related field is required. The candidate should have: strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal; independent critical thinking and problem solving ability; flexibility; and excellent attention to detail. Experience in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment and the ability to work independently is required.  Advanced knowledge of Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) software is essential.  Submission of resume and cover letter is required. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

Previous imaging/confocal knowledge and hands-on experience with routine and advanced multi-color experiments is desirable. Two to three years’ work experience in a laboratory environment is preferred.   


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, 010

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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