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Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Duke University School of Medicine


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Occupational Summary:

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center is seeking a research technician with near-immediate availability. This position will involve performing a variety of technical and research duties to support the laboratory of Dr. John Rawls ( and the Duke University School of Medicine Zebrafish Core Facility (


Description of research activities:

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to perform, or be willing to learn, the following tasks in a research laboratory:


  1. Technical duties conducted routinely in an animal physiology laboratory such as molecular cloning, DNA and RNA extraction, DNA sequencing, genotyping, gene expression studies, microscopy, imaging, microinjection, animal handling and manipulation. The candidate will be expected to document procedures and collect data in an organized, complete, and accurate fashion.
  2. Laboratory maintenance duties including the preparation of culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions, as well as assisting with maintaining equipment and lab reagent inventories.
  3. Support duties include assisting faculty, postdocs and students in the development and execution of new research procedures and techniques.


The successful candidate will also have the demonstrated ability to perform, or be willing to learn, the following tasks in a zebrafish aquaculture facility:


  1. Zebrafish care and maintenance duties include providing daily fish feedings, caring for Artemia cultures, checking fish health daily, transferring embryos and providing care to nursery racks.
  2. Facility maintenance duties include recording daily water parameters and reviewing for abnormal readings, handling basic needs of the facility during weekends, changing system filters, cleaning, maintenance, and organization of tanks and aquaculture components, assisting facility management in resolving any problems in facility operation, supporting facility sanitation protocols, and assisting in writing and maintaining compliance with IACUC protocols.


Preferred qualifications:

Education/Training: Preference of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, aquaculture, zoology, or other related fields.

Experience: Previous laboratory experience is preferred but not required. Individuals with zebrafish or other aquaculture experience will be given priority, and candidates with relevant experience in other animal models are also encouraged to apply.


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