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Staff Position

dna dna at vt.edu
Mon Sep 23 10:54:18 EST 1996

Organization Name:  Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary 
Medicine at Virginia Tech.
Location:  Blacksburg, Va 
Contact  Name:  Stephen M. Boyle, Professor of Microbiology
Address:  1410 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Va 24061-0342
Phone: 540-231-4641; Fax: 540-231-3426

Degree required: B.Sc. or B.A.
Date position available: October, 1996
Salary: $ 20,946

Position Description: Permanent position which supports multi-user system 
in veterinary infectious disease research; initiates and carries out the 
development and performance of specific experiments and assays involving 
prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and animals by compiling and analyzing 
the resulting data according to specific instructions from the assigned 
investigator.  Emphasis in areas of immunology, molecular biology and 

Duties: *Prepares and maintains cell cultures including hybridomas.  
Follows prescribed culture schedules and procedures as instructed by 
investigators and completes work by established deadlines.  Responsible 
for ensuring proper record keeping, sterility, maintenance, storage, and 
safety of culture work. *Responsible for culturing bacteria and carrying 
out recombinant DNA techniques including the safe and precise 
manipulation, analysis, and characterization of microbial genes by 
established deadlines. *Executes immunological, virological and 
biochemical assays.  Follows immunological, virological and biochemical 
procedures as indicated by investigators.  Responsible for ensuring the 
addition of proper controls as well as ensuring measurement accuracy and 
safety.  Labels preparations and detects reactions.  Responsible for 
obtaining optimal and safe labeling and detection of reagents and/or cells 
and/or microbes by following prescribed procedures.  Responsible for 
ensuring accountability and safe disposal of reagents. *Handles lab 
animals and biological samples.  Responsible for handling, injecting, 
collecting and processing of biological samples from animals following 
specific instructions of the investigators without error in injection or 
collection schedules.  Responsible for observing treated animals for 
abnormal reactions.

Requirements:  B.Sc. or B.A. with knowledge of microbiological techniques 
including tissue culture techniques with emphasis in immunology and 
molecular biology; knowledge of use of basic biological laboratory 
equipment and practices; ability to work independently, organize and 
assume responsibility after initial supervision; ability to communicate 
effectively with others; ability to organize and work on more than one 
project simultaneously; ability to work with animals, handle 
radioisotopes, and be vaccinated with vaccinia.  WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN 
FOR: Certification in radio-isotope handling and working in a BL-3 

John R. McQuiston
Molecular Genetics Lab
1410 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg VA 24061
dna at vt.edu

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