Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States


Posted 15 days ago · Full time · $20.40 - $24.00 Hourly

Job Description

Research Technician

Arizona State University

Biodesign Virginia G Piper PD

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

This position is responsible for performing the day to day operations for DNASU Plasmid Repository, including coordinating the preparation and shipping of plasmid samples around the world and customer support. Position also provides support to other core laboratories as needed. This position involves both molecular biology and microbiology laboratory work as well as customer service work. Please see our website,, for more information.


Salary Range

$20.40 - $24 per hour; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

·        Preparation of media and reagents to amplify and maintain plasmids.

·        Coordinating shipments through commercial shippers.

·        Participate in DNA sequencing to include DNA preparation, sanger sequencing runs, and reviewing and analyzing sequencing files.

·        Incumbent will attend to customer service requests including answering phone calls, email, and other service requests for DNASU and other CPD core laboratories (NAPPA core, Genomics Core, Cloning Core).

·        Customer support includes helping users to order plasmids, obtain information, and refer to other services from DNASU.

·        Incumbent will participate in trouble-shooting of problem plasmid requests; sending/receiving of invoices and preparing financial data review sheets.

·        Incumbent will perform routine laboratory maintenance, media preparation, cleaning, ordering supplies, maintaining computer databases and files.

·        Incumbent will be trained to rotate through and provide support to other core laboratories (Clone Production, NAPPA, and Genomics) as needed.

·        Training of other personnel for DNASU core activities, helping to train undergraduates.

·        Incumbent will assist with preparing reports for internal use, maintaining up-to-date, standard operating procedures, and working with other core teams in times of need.

·        Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

·        Experience in handling bacteria, molecular biology techniques, and analyzing DNA sequencing files is desired.

·        Experience with customer service is a plus.


Working Environment

·        Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to manage conflict: to interact in a team environment: and to communicate through verbal and written work.  

·        Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating; a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distance to perform work.  

·        Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds. 

·        Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and / or are subject to resolution of conflicts.  

·        Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. 

·        May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes and respirator.  


Department Statement

For the eighth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all eight years the category has existed. 

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. To learn more about how Knowledge Enterprise is a place for your career to grow, visit  


At the Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team. 


Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit 


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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