Rutgers University Senior Laboratory Technician - NASA in New Brunswick, New Jersey


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root nearly 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact.

Posting Summary

Senior Laboratory Technician will assist with the daily operations of the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR). The specific daily tasks will include and not be limited to: oversight of sample submission, maintenance of data associated with all sample submissions and laboratory procedures, communicate with RUCDR supervisory staff on project details and where needed communicate with RUCDR investigators, support a variety of wet bench protocols and procedures as a part of technically dedicated teams within the RUCDR. The processes include and are not limited to: pre-processing of primary clinical samples, plasma/serum separation, nucleic acid extraction, creation and maintenance of cell lines. Will perform routine laboratory procedures involved in these processes and help maintain accurate computer records via dedicated databases and statistical records.


Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Minimum Education and Experience

Require’s a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline. A combination of two years college-level science curriculum plus two years relevant laboratory technician or research study experience carrying out research protocols and tests may be substituted for the degree. An additional equivalent amount of college-level study in an appropriate science curriculum may be substituted for the experience in the above combination. Requires knowledge of scientific empirical procedures. Must understand the fundamentals of the science; read and understand technical documents; perform basic scientific routines, protocols, and tests; articulate data to researchers; lift and move up to 30 pounds; and operate and maintain sophisticated equipment. Requires the ability to record and maintain data in computerized and non-computerized formats. Must be able to communicate effectively. Will be required to participate in required occupational health and safety programs. May require a valid driver’s license, two years driving experience, and successful completion of the Rutgers’ Defensive Driving Course. Regular workweek may include evening and/or weekend work.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Experience in a variety of cell and molecular biology techniques including and not limited to: nucleic acid extraction, blood cell separation, tissue culture, laboratory reagent preparation and biohazardous material handling. Familiarity with data handling and data entry. Experience with database management and LIMS systems preferred. NIH Computer Awareness Training. Experience with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and general database and statistical software is preferred. Knowledge of BioSafety Handling, Right-To-Know, HIPPA Regulations and LIMS. Experience working with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.Must be able to communicate effectively with other people in a laboratory environment. Must be able to communicate effectively with supervisors and trainers. Must be able to communicate effectively with principal investigators and program officers. Requires professional behavior, good technical skills, and courteous behavior in the regular course of interpersonal contacts.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience in DNA and/or biochemical extraction, blood cell separation, tissue culture, laboratory reagent preparation preferred.

Equipment Utilized

Equipment will include and not be limited to: incubators, biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, pipet-aids, microscopes, controlled rate freezers, -80 freezers, liquid nitrogen dewars and freezers, glass ampule sealing machines, CO2 manifold system, nucleic acid extractors, liquid handling instruments, sample handling instruments (cappers, de-cappers, aliquot organization).

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Requires occasional weekend, evening, and holiday hours; must have excellent manual dexterity skills; will work with bio-hazardous materials. Must be able to lift light to medium weight objects and work with low-level background noise from instrumentation. Must be able to read and understand technical documents, operate scientific instruments and computers, perform detailed work, and manage multiple tasks.

Special Conditions

Note to AFSCME Local 1761 (COLT) members only: To apply, an application or resume must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on 7/15/16. For additional information on positions posted on New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses call (848)932-3869; positions posted on the Newark campus call(973)353-5500; positions posted on the Camden Campus (856)225-6475.

Recruitment/Posting Title: Senior Laboratory Technician - NASA

Job Category: AFSCME 1761 (COLT)

Department: Human Genetics Inst of NJ - RUCDR

Position Status: Full Time

Hours Per Week: 35

Daily Work Shift: Day

FLSA: Nonexempt

Grade: 16

Annual Minimum Salary: 40823.890

Annual Mid Range Salary: 48173.630

Annual Maximum Salary: 55523.370

Standard Hours: 35.00

Union Description: AFSCME - Local 1761 COLT

Payroll Designation: PeopleSoft

Terms of Appointment: Staff - 12 month

Position Pension Eligibility: PERS

Posting Number: 16ST2442

Posting Open Date: 07/14/2016

Regional Campus: Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Home Location Campus: Busch (RU-New Brunswick)