Job Description

Job Title: Research Technician - Biology
Job ID: 589454
Shift: Day Job
Department: Primary Human Trophoblasts
Location: 204 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Dr Sadovsky at Magee-Womens Research Institute in Oakland is recruiting a full-time Research Assistant (Basic Science). In our lab we study feto-placental development, which is critical for long-term health and wellness. Using human placental cells, mouse models, and placental samples from abnormal human pregnancies, we investigate molecular pathways that govern placental adaptive response to diverse stressors that adversely influence the balance between placental cell injury and repair. Primary areas of inquiry include: (1) the role of microRNAs in placental function, combining computationally identified sets of miRNA targets, RNAseq, and functional assays to decipher the critical role of unique placental microRNAs in response to cell injury, (2) microRNA packaging and trafficking within exosomes and other extracellular vesicles, and (3) placental uptake, storage and mobilization of lipid derivatives that are critical for feto-placental development.

Research at Magee-Womens Research Institute centers on reproductive biology and a range of health conditions that affect women, including fertility, development, pregnancy, genetics, infectious diseases, gynecology, cancer, and general women’s health.

Primary duties include isolation and culture of primary placental human cells and cell lines, strong emphasis on histology, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, in situ hybridization, and work with mice, including handling, genotyping, breeding and performance of basic manipulations. Additional duties include assistance in general laboratory experiments, laboratory operation, maintenance of equipment and safety. Computer skills in MS office and graphics are desired. This position is designed for standard working hours, with the possibility of flexibility on weekends.

This position is grant funded.

Under supervision of Faculty or postdocs, accurately completes research projects according to established study design and procedures.


  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures, including appropriate collection, record keeping and storage, analysis of data, and reporting of results.
  • Prepare, label, store and dispose of reagents, and calibrates equipment for research projects.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and policies and standards.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast in research a function.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific including accurate data storage.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected clinical care of any patient.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • One year of college training or one year of experience working within a biomedical research laboratory environment.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in a laboratory research environment preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and process specimens for testing, including preparation of specimens, operation of laboratory equipment, microscopic examination, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $14.11 to $22.19

Union Position: No

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