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Washington University of St. Louis Research/Lab Technician I - Biomedical Engineering - 47554 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Engineering.

Essential Functions


The Setton Laboratory has an immediate need for an individual to work with a multidisciplinary orthopaedic research group studying pathomechanisms and treatment strategies for spine and joint diseases. The individual will assist with processing data and analyzing results from pre-clinical and in vitro models of musculoskeletal pathology, including microscopy, histology, medical imaging and associated computer code development. This position also assists with new protocol development for optical and electrical measurements of neuronal cells and other cell types in animal models of pathology.


  1. Obtain and log human tissue specimens from the operating rooms and other areas as required; label, file, and maintain records of all samples.
  2. Assist with development of optical assays of calcium imaging in studies of ion channel activation for neuronal cell populations and other cell types of relevance to musculoskeletal disease.
  3. Assist with supervision of students working with animal models and performing data analysis.
  4. Prepare equipment and reagents for processing, embedding, microtome cutting and mounting of tissue, as well as cryostat sectioning; perform routine and special staining techniques.
  5. Contribute to writing of protocols, scientific articles and development of figures to be used in manuscripts and grant preparation.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or an equivalent high school certification and an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling four years in a related field; OR a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:
  • Microscopy and digital image analysis.
  • Cell electrophysiology and ion channel activation.
  • Histological processing and sectioning.
  • Immunochemistry including histological staining, immunoblotting, and ELISA.
  • General laboratory management.
  • Excellent teaming and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and to note-taking in all lab work.
  • Diligence in meeting deadlines for protocol development, working with collaborators, grant deadlines and more.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $13.80 - $15.97 per hour.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Research/Lab Technician I - Biomedical Engineering - 47554

Job ID: 47554

Location: School of Engineering

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular