Academic Lab Technician


Indiana University

Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Oversees animal husbandry and maintenance of animal colonies (mouse).
  • Performs research experiments to analyze mutant mouse models for changes in organ development and metabolism.
  • Performs hands-on experiments (PCR, metabolic tests, tissue dissection, immunofluorescence, microscope imaging) as well as computer-based computation analyses.
  • Oversees general lab maintenance and orders supplies, as necessary.
  • Oversees undergraduate trainees in general lab maintenance duties.
  • Operates with some independence, interacting significantly with supervisor.

General Responsibilities

  • Monitors and provides support to faculty and students in educational resource facility (such as laboratory, learning/technology center, etc.) in support of educational and learning outcomes.
  • Operates various instruments and/or machinery (some may be restricted from student use), assists students using permitted equipment, and provides instruction, training, and oversight for safe operation; often responsible for designing, fabricating, and/or machining necessary components for student and/or faculty projects.
  • Collaborates and makes recommendations on the design of experiments and learning experiences that support faculty and student education and/or research project outcomes; sets up experiments and/or experiences (including equipment, etc.); prepares all materials, samples, equipment, and devices needed; assists students and/or faculty with safely and properly operating equipment, tools, etc.
  • Provides effective demonstrations and experiments to showcase processes, equipment capabilities, and/or features; assists in developing instructional and training materials for proper and safe use of the facility, equipment, and/or tools.
  • Implements a preventive maintenance program that will keep equipment ready for instructional and research project utilization; cleans, maintains, and properly stores all equipment and supplies; keeps area(s) cleaned and organized; analyzes new equipment as it comes to market for possible implementation and stays abreast of new processes used in industry to sustain state-of-the art learning and/or research experiences; ensures security of facility, equipment, and supplies.
  • Ensures educational resource facility is functional and safe at all times; enforces safety standards and clean-up procedures; performs basic preventative maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of equipment; identifies potential problem areas and recommends courses of action.
  • Develops and maintains a database of cost-effective sources for necessary materials and supplies; coordinates financial planning and assists in budget review and preparation; orders and procures materials, supplies, and equipment on a timely basis.
  • Collaborates with and provides support to faculty to ensure educational resource facility creates desired student experiences and achieves educational objectives; schedules and supports academic, research, and outreach activities (such as facilitating tours, presentations, or demonstrations).
  • May supervise, train, and manage student employees and/or less experienced staff; supervises and assists students with project-related experiments and/or experiences (such as senior designs, research projects, etc.).



  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in a relevant field)


  • 2 years of research experience

Combinations of related education and experience may be consideredSKILLSRequired

  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to build strong customer relationships


  • Knowledge of animal (mouse) husbandry and handling
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques including PCR
  • Strong organizational skills

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Additional Information

This position is grant funded with expected annual renewals. Renewals are contingent on the availability of grant funds.

Work Location

IUPUI CampusIndianapolis, Indiana

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: MasteryFLSA: NonexemptJob Function: Educational Resources & TechJob Family: Educational Resources

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