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Principal Laboratory Technician - BRTC

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Notice to AFSCME Local 1761 union members: To submit an internal bid, an application must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday,8/18/17. Although AFSCME Local 888 members have priority consideration, outside applications are accepted as well. For additional information on positions posted on New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses call (848)932-3869.

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Principal Laboratory Technician - BRTC
Job Category AFSCME 1761 (COLT)
Department Human Genetics Inst of NJ - RUCDR

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

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey is seeking a Principle Laboratory Technician in RUCDR that will function as a group leader for performing basic Molecular Biology assays, including DNA/RNA isolation, electrophoresis, quality control measurements, PCR and other related techniques.
• Will work with several robotic systems for high-throughput analysis.
• Will train new employees and assign duties to employees within the group
General Summary:
• Under broad guidance and direction, functions as the group leader and instructor for laboratory technicians, laboratory assistants, and students of a large university laboratory and/or teaching program. Provides professional-level laboratory technical support involving the application of scientific research methods and techniques.
• Performs and oversees the performance of multistage purifications, other assays, and tests; the propagation of non-animal specimens and cell cultures; the preparation of tissues, chemicals, and/or living subjects for testing; may perform the breeding of small animals; and related duties.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week 35 hours
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 18
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 44575.400
Annual Mid Range Salary 52661.510
Annual Maximum Salary 60747.610
Standard Hours 35.00
Union Description AFSCME - Local 1761 COLT
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

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

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline. A combination of two years college-level science curriculum plus two years laboratory technician or relevant laboratory 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 take the place of the experience in the above combination. Also requires knowledge of scientific empirical procedures. Must understand the fundamentals of the science; read and understand technical documents; perform complex scientific routines, protocols, and tests; articulate data to researcher; give clear directions to others; lift and move up to 30 pounds; and operate and maintain sophisticated equipment. Requires the ability to group lead. 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

Bachelors degree in Biology/Chemistry or equivalent. Two years of related laboratory experience. Good general knowledge of biology and chemistry. Good communication, interpersonal, organizational, math and analytical skills. Must be able to read and understand technical documents, operate scientific instruments and computers, perform detailed work, and manage multiple tasks.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in working with StarLIMS system, DNA and/or biochemical extraction, blood cell separation, laboratory reagent preparation and biohazardous material handling.

Equipment Utilized

Fluidigm Biomark HR real time PCR platform, Biomek FX (fluid robotics); Ion-Torrent DNA sequencer; Illumina HiSeq, MiSeq and NextSeq Bead Array Genome Analyzers; Illumina iScan array scanner; Caliper Sciclone Next Generation robotic genomic sequencer; Caliper G-X Gene Chip RNA and DNA separation apparatus; ABI thermocyclers; Affymetrix Gene Titan microarray instrumentation. Incubators, BioSafety Cabinets, Centrifuges, Pipet-Aids, Microscopes, -80 Freezers, Liquid Nitrogen Dewars and Freezers, Spectrophotometers.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Excellent manual dexterity skills. Must be able to lift light- to medium-weight objects and work with low-level background noise from instrumentation.

Special Conditions

Education/experience in biology, chemistry or related fields. Requires occasional weekend, evening, and holiday hours.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST2951
Posting Open Date 08/10/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Notice to AFSCME Local 1761 union members: To submit an internal bid, an application must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday,8/18/17. Although AFSCME Local 888 members have priority consideration, outside applications are accepted as well. For additional information on positions posted on New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses call (848)932-3869.

Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Busch (RU-New Brunswick)
Location Details

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a member of AFSCME 1761 (COLT)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * The United States General Services Administration, through the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), maintains a list of parties which are excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain types of Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits. Is your name on that list and are you presently debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from participating in Federally funded grant projects?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application