Research Technologist Position @ Hematological Malignancies Lab

General Summary
A full-time research technologist position is available in a laboratory in the Dept. of Medicine at Duke University. The lab seeks to define the molecular characteristics of tissue microenvironments that foster the survival and regeneration of both normal and cancerous stem cells. In combination with molecular and cell biological approaches, the lab utilizes state-of-the-art in vivo multiphoton and confocal optical imaging techniques to explore these questions. This position requires a 1-to-2-year commitment and is ideal for students taking a gap year(s) and applying to medical or graduate school. Priority given to those who can start immediately upon graduation in May 2022.

Essential Functions:

 (1)      Assist in general laboratory maintenance and administration.  This includes but is not limited to ordering, inventory, writing of standard operating procedures and supporting other lab personnel.

Estimated effort: 25%

(2)      Mammalian tissue culture (care of cell lines, primary cells, freezing cells, transfection, clonal isolation), histology, immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, microscopy (fluorescence, confocal), mouse work (general care, breeding, minor surgical procedures, dissection), and molecular biology procedures (RNA/DNA isolation, RT-PCR, subcloning).  

Estimated effort: 60%

(3)       Maintain accurate, up-to-date and well-documented records of procedures performed (lab notebook, instrument logs, etc) and method development.

Estimated effort: 15%

Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and training in which comparable skills have been acquired.  Must have a general understanding of Molecular and Cell Biology concepts.  Must have demonstrated basic laboratory research skills, including skills in making solutions and reagents.  Strong familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint desired.  Must be completely open to working with mice.  Excellent communication and organizational skills are pluses. 

Mental Demands:  Attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and ability to perform multiple tasks.  Must have good working knowledge of basic chemistry and ability to perform basic calculations as needed to prepare solutions and report data.

Physical Demands: Light lifting (not necessary), keyboarding, regular attendance. 

If you are interested, please send your CV, contact information for reference(s), and your unofficial transcript to Duke alum Katie Xu (T’21) at and CC

  • Paid job
  • Post-graduation