Laboratory Technician

MICS Recruiting Blacksburg, VA 2019-04-17

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Laboratory Technician
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0180561
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Neural Dynamics and Neural Engineering Lab at Virginia Tech, headed by Sujith Vijayan, is looking for a laboratory and research specialist to help set up and manage research projects in the lab. Our lab investigates neural dynamics during active behavior and during off-line states, such as sleep, using a combination of computational modeling, signal processing techniques, and both invasive and non-invasive techniques for recording neural activity. The basic science knowledge gathered from these investigations is leveraged to understand how memories are instantiated in the brain, to gain insight into how learning occurs during brain machine interface (BMI) tasks, to improve BMI algorithms, and to develop the framework for stimulation and pharmacological therapies for diseases, especially those marked by abnormal neural dynamics during sleep (e.g., post-traumatic sleep disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease). See the lab website ( for more details.

While initially part-time, this position could lead to full -time employment for the right candidate.

This position will be located in Roanoke and Blacksburg. The successful candidate must have reliable transportation that enables them to travel to and from the main Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute and Medical School in Roanoke.

Duties of the laboratory and research specialist may include working on model construction, data collection, data organization, and data analysis and coordinating projects with other members of the laboratory. The candidate will have the opportunity to co-author publications and, depending on their background and experience, craft their own research projects. Training and guidance and will be provided for those aspects of the job in which the candidate is lacking sufficient expertise.

Required Qualifications:

- Experience working in a research laboratory and/or BS in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, computational neuroscience, psychology, or a related field.
- Experience with computer functions such as data entry and data analysis.
- Eagerness to learn about all aspects of research related to neuroscience, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and medicine.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Programming experience (e.g., with Python or Matlab) is desirable.
- Experience running behavioral experiments or collecting EEG data would be an asset.

Employment Conditions: Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

M-F, 8-5 and as needed.

- Position is physically located in Roanoke and Blacksburg, VA. Selectee must be willing to travel to and from Blacksburg/Roanoke campuses.

-Flexible schedule that allows for setting appointments and meeting with participates both during and after standard working hours.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at, posting #SW0180561, and submit a resume and list of three professional references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on April 26, 2018.

Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: School of Neuroscience
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg: Blacksburg and also working in Roanoke Lab at VTCRI
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5 and as necessary
Posting Date: 04/17/2019
Review Begin Date: 04/26/2019
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. List of References
  3. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
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