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Washington University of St. Louis Research/Lab Technician I - Biomedical Engineering - 47506 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


Primary responsibilities of this position are to assist with the daily operation of a biomedical research laboratory and, after training from the supervisor, to assist the lab manager in maintaining the lab’s supply of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, perform routine differentiation of these cells into cardiomyocytes, and form these into engineered tissues using protocols developed in the lab. This position is also responsible for performing physiology studies, occasional molecular biology assays, assisting other lab members with molecular cloning, maintaining accurate laboratory records, ordering lab supplies, preparing solutions/reagents and other duties as required.


  1. Prepare and Maintain Reagent Stocks and Chemicals:
  2. Prepare reagents and equipment for daily use.
  3. Prepare culture media.
  4. Monitor status of lab stock reagents and chemicals.
  5. Molecular cloning to create plasmids for other lab members as needed.
  6. Lab Equipment and Facilities:
  7. Monitor tissue culture incubators and help maintain sterile working conditions within the tissue culture room.
  8. Waste management: Monitor and foster proper handling of hazardous, sharps, and biohazard waste.
  9. Inventory Maintenance: Purchase items requested by lab members and anticipate the need for other items not requested. Compare purchasing options across multiple vendors.
  10. Research Assistance:
  11. Assist the supervisor and lab members with research responsibilities, primarily maintenance of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and routine differentiation into cardiomyocytes.
  12. Assist in forming engineered heart tissues to study the effects of various drugs on tissue physiology.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong interest in science research and cell culture.
  • Two years of experience with mammalian cell culture in a research environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with human pluripotent stem cells is strongly preferred.
  • Experience performing physiology assays on cardiomyocytes is strongly preferred
  • Organizational: Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Work ethic: Ability to self-motivate and work efficiently, accurately, and independently.
  • Interpersonal: Ability to work in a multi-cultural team with different personalities.
  • Competence: Willing and able to learn new techniques as required.

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.

Applicant Special Instructions


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment.

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 - 47506

Job ID: 47506

Location: School of Engineering

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular