Molecular Biology Technician

Molecular biology technicians are similar to genomics technicians.  They would be expected to know molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA extraction, cloning, PCR, high throughput automation of RNA and DNA assays, transformation, clone selection and propagation. 

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Education & Training: 

Due to the wide knowledge a molecular biology technician must have, technicians should have at least a two year Associate's degree in biotechnology or microbiology or a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or a related program.

Common requirements and abilities:

  • Able to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception
  • Must be able to visually observe results and record outcomes
  • Able to effectively present ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences

Molecular biology technicians are similar to genomics technicians.  They would be expected to know molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA extraction, cloning, PCR, high throughput automation of RNA and DNA assays, transformation, clone selection and propagation. 

They would also be expected to know some biochemistry and immunochemistry and be familiar with purifying proteins and using protein expression vectors in bacterial, yeast, or mammalian expression systems. These technicians are likely to perform a variety of assays and be able to purify and work with antibodies.

Experience with cell culture techniques including plant tissue culture, insect cell expression systems, and mammalian cells may be part of this job. 

Attention to detail and communication skills also important.

Alternate job titles:  Research Associate, Research Assistant

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