Research Tech I/II (Sette Lab)

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #295
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Job Summary


A full-time position for a Research Technician is available immediately at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology working on high-impact projects involving human T cell reactivity against viruses in the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research. The Research Technician will join the labs of Dr. Alessandro Sette and Dr. Daniela Weiskopf, who study the human immune response to a variety of complex antigens, such as allergens, viruses, and bacteria. Our research utilizes the tools of bioinformatics-based epitope predictions to identify correlates of immune responses through studying blood samples from vaccinated individuals or those suffering from active infections or disease. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to the identification and characterization of immune responses.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      The Research Technician will assist in performing research in immunology/vaccine discovery. The Research Technician will primarily focus on intracellular cytokine assays and other flow cytometric experiments, but may also perform a wide range of other immunological techniques such as isolating primary cells, cell culture, and FluoroSpot/ELISPOT.

      The Research Technician is also responsible for preparing buffers, solutions, and routine lab chemicals, and is responsible for laboratory administrative duties that include maintaining a research database, data entry into spreadsheets, and ordering/receiving supplies. Other duties include installing, operating, and maintaining laboratory equipment, as well as organizing and keeping accurate and meticulous records of all reagents in freezers, refrigerators, and liquid nitrogen tanks.


Leveling Requirements

Candidates must have:

      B.A./B.S. or higher in a biological science, chemistry, or biochemistry. Previous experience in a cellular/molecular biology laboratory is a bonus.

      Theoretical knowledge of biology, immunology, cell biology or related field at the college "upper division" level; or equivalent knowledge and experience.

      Demonstrated proficiency in basic and advanced tissue culture techniques.

      Proven experience using laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, balances, and pipettes.

      Proven experience in accurate record keeping with ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.

      Superior oral and written communication skills.

      Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team.

Preferred qualifications

  Demonstrated proficiency in flow cytometry, ELISPOT/FluoroSpot, and/or ELISA.


Special Conditions

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

      Must be willing to work with human blood.



Interested applicants please submit the following in a single attachment:

  1. A brief cover letter* relating how your talents fulfill the criteria for this position
  2. Your resume/CV
  3. A minimum of two references (three preferred)


*Applications submitted without a cover letter will NOT be reviewed.

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