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Research Technologist 1, Department of Anthropology

Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Mar 30, 2023

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Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology in the College of the Liberal Arts is seeking a Research Technologist 1. This position is responsible for assisting in the performance of a wide variety of specialized tasks in Professor Joan Richtsmeier's Image Analysis and Morphometrics Lab.

The key responsibilities for this position include:
  • Assisting with regular observation and maintenance of our mouse colony at the Millennium Science Complex
  • Handling of mice for embryological analysis (mouse handling includes setting up timed mating, tail clipping, ear tagging, and collecting embryos)
  • Assisting with histological and experimental sample preparation in the Department of Anthropology
  • Photographing histological images for analysis
  • Assisting in laboratory experiments to prepare mouse samples for genotyping, other biochemical assays, and imaging
  • Assisting in record keeping for data management of mouse breeding, mouse genotyping, and associated histology and staining

Additional Information: This is a limited-term appointment, funded for one year from date of hire.

Education and Experience: This position typically requires a Bachelor's degree plus a year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Anthropology, Biology, Genetics, or related field is preferred. Applicants should have a minimum of 6 months of experience in a wet lab setting, be familiar with chemistry lab safety and waste disposal procedures, and have some practical lab skills. The preferred candidate must have previous experience of animal husbandry or a willingness to learn embryology of mammals. The individual should also have some experience dealing with different formats of image files and database systems. Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are necessary. Applicants also need the ability to problem solve based on their conceptual knowledge of chemistry, biology, and/or genetics.

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

The College of the Liberal Arts is supportive of flexible work arrangements when aligned with the ability to meet the needs of the unit and the essential duties of the position. Questions related to flexible work should be directed to the hiring manager during the interview process.

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Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision and retirement plans, in addition to tuition discounts, generous vacation time, sick time, and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.


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