Research Lab Technician III – Physiology/Pharmacology

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
June 19, 2019
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Research Lab Technician III - Physiology/Pharmacology
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Major Duties

Research Laboratory Technician III - Physiology/Pharmacology - Full-time, 40 hours

Job Summary:

Research Duties

  • Responsible for daily maintenance, handling, and environmental enrichment of study animals
  • Organize, set up, prepare, and execute the daily behavioral experiments. Also, formulate and administer experimental drugs in rodent population
  • Collect daily/weekly behavioral and neural data. Prepare simple and complex charts, graphs, and reports from data obtained during research experiments and observations
  • Experience with perfusion and cryostat operation for cutting rodent brain tissue.
  • Perform electrophysiological stimulation and field potential recording experiments in rodents
  • Perform advanced surgeries to implant brain micro-electrode arrays, brain cannulas and subcutaneous minipumps in rodents. Also, perform simple surgeries to remove and replace subcutaneous minipumps
  • Monitor the daily maintenance and care of research animals, take blood samples, pressures, and other specimens and measurements as required by research protocols or as needed
  • Experience with and use of a rodent touchscreen or reward system. Collect and analyze behavioral and neural data from these specialized experiments
  • Train subordinate lab personnel (staff and students) on animal behavior, risk assessment, training/handling of animals, and aseptic techniques for head well cleanings and surgeries.
  • Assist with sedation and preparation of animals for aseptic surgeries
  • Troubleshoot behavioral problems with the research animals and mechanical problems with the experiments
  • Clean and sterilize glassware and other necessary laboratory equipment, and maintain premises in a sanitary condition.
  • Requisition and maintenance of laboratory inventory and supplies, materials, and equipment as needed for laboratory operations.


Master's degree in biology or related physical science preferred; or Bachelor's degree in the biological and/or physical sciences with two years of related clinical/research experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to listen and communicate effectively
Basic computer skills
Knowledge of medical terminology to interact with medical staff regarding laboratory procedures and results
Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments
Knowledge of common safety hazards and universal precautions to establish a safe work environment

Work Environment:

Research laboratory environment
Frequent exposure to diseases, medicinal preparations and other conditions common in a lab environment
Exposure to glass and other breakable objects
Exposure to animals
Must wear protective equipment (gloves, gowns/lab coats, eye protection, face protection)

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-6464.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

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