Job Description

Job Title: Senior Research Assistant (Biological Rodent Models)
Job ID: 741642
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: Scientific Academic Costs
Location: 204 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


At the Brieño-Enríquez lab we are interested in the mechanisms that regulate the ovary development from early stages of development to adulthood. Using different models such as mouse, naked mole rat and human, we study how the chromosomes maintain their cohesion and segregates during meiosis, but also how age and environmental factors modify the fertility and the egg quality.

This individual will be functioning as a lab technician with senior-level responsibilities such as ordering, protocol updating, and some lab management. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience handling mice, performing genotyping, PCRs, cell cultures, western-blotting.

Responsible for accurately performing research projects according to established study design and procedures and is under limited faculty or Research Associate supervision. Acts as a lead resource for other laboratory support personnel. Under supervision, coordinates the daily operations in the designated research area. Performs a variety of complex functions, including overseeing timely and accurate functioning in respective area.

  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast in research area of function.
  • Assist with training programs for other laboratory personnel on research activities and practice.
  • Communicate the daily progress of research projects via meetings with, and written reports to, research investigators and/or Research Associates.
  • Ensure the proper preparation of label, proper storage and disposal of reagents, and proper equipment calibration for research projects.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage by ensuring the adherence to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage, and analysis of data, and reporting of results.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology or other basic science. 
  • Two years experience in a research environment with at least one year in the designated specialty of research. 
  • Manual dexterity and visual acuity necessary for handling and processing specimens for testing, including preparation of specimens, operation of laboratory equipment, microscopic examination, etc. 
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data. 
  • Successfully meet all competency requirements established for a Senior Level Research Assistant. 

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

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

Salary Range: $17.11 to $28.43 / hour

Union Position: No

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