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Research Technician
Arizona State University in
Date Posted 11/17/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Campus: Tempe

Research Technician

Job Description

The School of Life Sciences is seeking an enthusiastic Research Technician for the Balmer lab. The goal of the Balmer Lab is to discover how brain circuits function and how they contribute to behavior, with particular interest in those that underlie hearing and balance. The Balmer lab investigates synapses, cells, and circuits on multiple levels of analysis, utilizing in vitro acute brain slice electrophysiology to study synapses, viral tracing to study brain circuitry and in vivo electrophysiology to study how synapses, cells, and circuits underlie hearing and balance. Please see The lab technician will have a critical role in 1) mouse colony management and organization, 2) learning the techniques of the lab, 3) assisting in training other lab members, 4) assisting with establishing the lab by developing a system to order and organize supplies.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Sols Administration & Faculty



Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$13.46 - $19.24 per hour; DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

  • Learn, apply and teach methods essential for the Balmer lab: immunohistochemistry, tissue sectioning, transcardiac perfusion, microscopy, brain slice preparation, electrophysiology
  • Maintain an active transgenic mouse colony: mouse handling/breeding/husbandry, setting up crosses, recording litters, tissue collection and lysis for genotyping, weening pups.
  • Maintain records for purchasing, maintain lab equipment, and ensure biosafety protocols are being used in the laboratory. Package waste material and arrange for disposal according to established procedures. 
  • Organize reagents and materials. Maintain supply inventory. Maintain cleanliness of the lab.
  • Train students in the operation of equipment, protocols, and performance of technical procedures.

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge in Neuroscience, physiology, scientific method.
  • Evidence of effective communication, both written and verbal, critical thinking, mouse handling, organization, solution making, computer skills
  • Experience in : Immunohistochemistry, extracellular or intracellular electrophysiology, stereotaxic brain injections, programming, NEURON modeling

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed multiple locations within ASU: office, core facilities, mouse facility, lab setting and in the field subject to extended periods of field work, sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time. 
  • At times personal protective equipment will be required such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes, and respirator. 
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. 
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. 
  • This position requires mouse handling.

Department Statement

The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) has provided a vital hub for creative excellence at Arizona State University, with more than 670 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff, and research that ranges from studies on biodiesel and biohydrogen to vaccine development and the conservation of whales. As ASU’s first academic unit to fully reflect President Michael Crow’s integrated, interdisciplinary vision for the New American University, the School of Life Sciences offers active and evolving platforms for collaborative, cutting-edge research and faculty whose discovery is freed from traditional institutional boundaries.

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 90,000 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

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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

Employment Verification Statement

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 and cover letter 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.

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