Research Technician II: Washington University

Organization: Washington University
Department of Developmental Biology
The Solnica-Krezel Lab
Date Posted: 4/15/2022
City: St. Louis
State: Missouri 
Primary Category: Technician
Type of Position: Research Technician III

Description & Details:

The Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Technician II for the Zebrafish Facility.  Washington University in St. Louis is home to one of the largest and most modern zebrafish facilities in the world with robotic feeding and cleaning systems.  This facility allows for large-scale, collaborative projects that would not be possible for individual investigators, helping scientists understand human development and disease, from birth defects and cancer to muscle and nerve disorders.  The facility has almost 7,000 tanks, including a 2,000-tank nursery.  The facility also has the capabilities for obtaining, viewing, and manipulating fish embryos.

We are seeking an outstanding applicant to join at the level of Research Tech II to assist and support other team members in maintaining superior micro and macro environments for the researchers and laboratory animals alike.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Following standard Zebrafish Consortium operating procedures, assists with the following duties that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain detailed records of equipment functionality and water quality parameters.
  • Hand feed zebrafish in satellite facilities.
  • Perform daily health surveillance of individual aquaria.
  • Stock larvae zebrafish.
  • Harvest and maintain saltwater rotifers.
  • Exchange soiled tanks and components as needed.
  • Set up daily wild type crosses.
  • Refill and clean food bottles on automated feeders.

Provide superior micro and macro environments of the wet and dry phases of the laboratory spaces:

  • Perform general housekeeping and cleanliness.
  • Keep community supplies in stock.
  • Prepare media and other stock solutions. ​

Maintain close relationship with other team members and research scientists to ensure overall research and husbandry goals are obtained:

  • Support other team members in daily husbandry routines (especially when someone is absent).
  • Complete research services requests.
  • Answer questions and provide technical assistance to researchers.
  • Report equipment failures to supervisor.
  • Report protocol noncompliances to supervisor.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated familiarity of standard laboratory policies, procedures, and equipment regarding the maintenance of zebrafish and aquatic equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records.
  • Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and up to one year of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling four years.

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