Laboratory Research Technician, Vaccine Immunology (Crotty Lab)

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #292
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

We are seeking a full-time Laboratory Research Technician in the laboratory of Professor Shane Crotty at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI). The Crotty Lab is working on a variety of high-impact scientific projects in immune responses to infection and vaccines. We are looking for someone who has a drive for discovery, and paving the way to improve our understanding of how the human body can prevent or fight infection by developing outstanding immunity. The ideal candidate would be an integral part of a strong team of scientists and work in a positive environment that provides mentorship and fosters talent while encouraging growth and learning. LJI is a world-renowned institute that provides fantastic benefits and excellent support for its researchers. 


Example Crotty lab research: DOI: 10.1126/science.abf4063



Under the supervision of the Professor and PhD level lab scientists, depending on the project, the research technician will assist in performing research in human, mouse or non-human primate immunology. The research technician will perform a wide range of immunological techniques, including flow cytometry, while supporting daily lab operations. Your typical day may entail setting up experiments in the morning, running analysis in the afternoon, making some common buffers in between and preparing to talk about your project at the next lab meeting where afterwards you will enjoy a weekly catered lunch with your teammates. You will be fully trained on experimental protocols and have the opportunity to work with minimal supervision based on your skill level. There are no protocol robots in this lab, you will learn the science behind everything you do!



  • B.A./B.S. or higher in a biological science, chemistry, or biochemistry or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment 
  • Accurate record keeping and organizational skills
  • Oral and written communication skills necessary for team work
  • Desire to continually improve/develop new skills and learn from your team mates

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous laboratory experience in cell biology, immunology, or molecular biology
  • Demonstrated proficiency in blood processing, cell culture, ELISAs, flow cytometry, PCR or other immunological/molecular techniques 
  • Previous experience in mouse handling   

Special Conditions:

  • Must be willing to work with recombinant DNA and biohazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with human blood 

How to Apply:
Interested applicants please submit in a single attachment:

  1. A brief cover letter explaining what you would like to give and get from the Crotty Lab
  2. Your resume/CV
  3. A minimum of two references (three preferred)

LJI provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or pregnancy. This applies to all personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, educational assistance, and social and recreational programs.

With over 20 different countries represented, diversity is respected and celebrated at LJI. We are committed to ensuring a safe and compassionate environment that is equal, just, and fair. Science and discovery benefit from a diversity of talents, a diversity of approaches, and a diversity of perspectives. The La Jolla Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative is designed to help us identify areas at the Institute that need improvement so we can together create an environment that is inclusive, provides equal opportunities, and opens doors that propel our research for human health. 

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  • Job Function RT
  • Pay Type Salary
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  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA