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Research Technician (Sette)

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #62
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Research Technician I (Sette Lab)


A full-time position for a Research Technician is available immediately at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology working in the Division of Vaccine Discovery on high-impact projects with implications in various infectious diseases. The Technician will join the lab of Dr. Alessandro Sette, who studies the human immune response to a variety of complex antigens, such as allergens, viruses, and bacteria. Our research utilizes the tools of bioinformatics-based epitope predictions to identify correlates of immune responses through studying blood samples from vaccinated individuals or those suffering from active infections. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to the identification and characterization of immune responses. 



Under the supervision of the principal investigator and postdoctoral scientists, the Research Technician will assist in performing research in immunology/vaccine discovery. The Research Technician will perform a wide range of immunological techniques such as ELISPOT, isolating primary cells, cell culture, and flow cytometry.

The Research Technician is also responsible for preparing buffers, solutions, and routine lab chemicals, and is responsible for laboratory administrative duties that include maintaining a research database, data entry into spreadsheets, and ordering/receiving supplies. Other duties include installing, operating, and maintaining laboratory equipment, as well as organizing and keeping accurate and meticulous records of all reagents in freezers, refrigerators, and liquid nitrogen tanks.



Candidates must have:

  • B.A./B.S. or higher in a biological science, chemistry, or biochemistry. Previous experience in a cellular/molecular biology laboratory is a bonus.
  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, immunology, cell biology or related field at the college "upper division" level; or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in basic and advanced tissue culture techniques
  • Proven experience using laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, balances, and pH meters
  • Proven experience in accurate record keeping with ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team


Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in flow cytometry, ELISPOT, or ELISA


Special Conditions:

  • Must be willing to work with recombinant DNA and biohazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with human blood


Interested applicants please submit:

  1. A brief cover letter relating how your talents fulfill the criteria for this position
  2. Your resume/CV
  3. 3.   A minimum of two references (three preferred)

Other details

  • Job Function RT
  • Pay Type Salary
  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA