Research Technician (Grant- Funded)

Spelman College
August 31, 2025
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Job Title Research Technician (Grant- Funded)

Job Summary

This position is 100% grant-funded, and continued employment is subject to the availability of funds.

The Research Technician is part of a research team that explores the neuroinflammatory process during various neurological disorders such as HIV- associated neurocognitive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs biochemical and molecular techniques including but not limited to:

  • o Isolating primary monocyte-derived macrophages from human samples.
  • o Maintaining rat colony and isolating rat cortical neurons.
  • o Conducting and maintaining biosafety level-2 tissue cultures.
  • o Performing various assays based on electrophoresis (including western blot) immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and other molecular and biochemical procedures.
  • o Preparing DNA and RNA extracts to perform qPCR, and genotyping.
  • Manages day-to-day laboratory activities including organizing and cleaning lab and supplies, maintaining incubators and carbon dioxide machines, monthly checks of eye wash and other biohazard equipment, and ordering materials and supplies for the lab.

  • Conducts and troubleshoots experiments and equipment.
  • Develops and record new protocols and practices for the lab.
  • Collects organizes and analyzes data.
  • Prepares weekly progress report and meets with the Principal Investigator on weekly basis to discuss progress and results.
  • Presents scientific findings through oral and written communications.
  • Maintains databases of activities for reporting, publishing, and tracking purposes.
  • Mentors undergraduate research students.
  • Attend weekly meetings with the principal investigator and other lab members.
  • Attend seminars related to the labs' research at Spelman College and other surrounding Atlanta Universities.
  • Collaborate with lab partners at the College and other universities.
  • Required Qualifications

    A B.S. degree in Biology, Neuroscience, Health Science, or a related field is required. At least one (1) year of research experience in a laboratory environment with a familiarity of laboratory processes and procedures is highly preferred.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for performing experimentation in a biosafety level-2 laboratory investigating the cellular interactions of stress and HIV-induced neuroinflammation in the aging population. The candidate must be able to perform basic laboratory skills such as pipetting, accurately weighing reagents, and calculating basic lab math. The candidate must be knowledgeable of common biosafety level-2 lab safety practices and practice safe laboratory protocols mandated by environmental health and safety. Proficiency with laboratory processes and procedures including tissue culture, Western blots, Flow Cytometry, PCR, RNA, and animal handling is preferred.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must have intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Duties may include producing correspondence, memos, and e-mails, creating spreadsheets, and utilizing institutional-specific software for lab management. Proficiency in utilizing PubMed and performing internet searches is essential. The candidate must be organized and present good oral and written communication skills. The ability to document experimental protocols and results is required. The incumbent must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.

    The incumbent will work to meet the production goals and requirements of the lab and will also seek to improve existing processes and/or innovate new approaches. The incumbent will be expected to work largely independently on a daily basis, after training, but will regularly coordinate closely with the principal investigator and be involved in the mentoring of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

    Preferred Qualifications

    At least one (1) year of research experience in a laboratory environment with a familiarity of laboratory processes and procedures is highly preferred.

    Certifications, Licenses, Restrictions Physical Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: talk, sit, walk, stand, and use hands to efficiently handle office supplies and lab equipment, and operate computers and other office equipment. The incumbent will be frequently required to: reach with hands and arms above height. The employee is occasionally required to climb, stoop or kneel. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include an ability to adjust focus.

    Shift Days % Travel Required 1% - 25% Full Time/Part Time Full-time FLSA Non-Exempt Number of Vacancies 1 Anticipated Candidate Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) 08/31/2025

    Posting Detail Information

    Posting Number SC0538P

    Posting Open Date Posting Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    This position is 100% grant-funded, and continued employment is subject to the availability of funds.

    EEO Statement

    Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus.

    COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Protocol

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, Spelman College has instituted a COVID-19 testing requirement. You will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within five (5) days of your start date. Acceptable tests include: PCR, Rapid Antigen, or results of an at home self-test. When providing test results of an at home self-test, your full name and test date must be written down legibly alongside your final results. The cost related to testing is not a reimbursable expense by the College. Please email your negative test results to Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID-19 Operations at [email protected] prior to your first day on campus.

    In addition, due to the heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the spread of variants, Spelman College requires up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination of all faculty, staff, and students (collectively “Campus Community”) that have job duties, attend classes, or are otherwise present on campus. You will need to submit proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination (full vaccination and a booster) prior to your first day on campus or you may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement by providing the necessary documentation to: Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID-19 Operations, at [email protected]. Upon receiving your Spelman Technology log-in credentials, please keep your vaccination or exemptions records up-to-date using Etrieve.

    It is our hope to minimize transmission of the coronavirus in the workplace and academic setting by requiring occupational protection such as requiring face masks be worn indoors, encouraging frequent handwashing and promoting adherence to the community testing cadence.

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    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Optional Documents

  • Research Statement
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