9315 Research Technician II


TITLE Research Technician II








The primary duty of the Research Technician II is to develop solutions to complex problems which require the regular application of scientific principles in order to conduct experimental tests and procedures in a research laboratory.   The Research Technician II is a principal contributor in developing specific project requirements from concepts and is responsible for all aspects of their projects from development through delivery, determining the course and the objectives of their projects and the approach to their assignments.  The Research Technician II works independently on research projects as assigned.  The Research Technician II sets up and operates laboratory equipment, prepares materials, performs experimental procedures, records and consolidates research data, and executes planned research activities using observation, measurement, and analytical techniques.  Based on his/her analyses, the Research Technician II prepares reports and presentations of results obtained through experiments.  The Research Technician II helps to assure the validity of research conducted by ensuring the operational condition of scientific equipment through maintenance, operating the equipment, and managing the use of the equipment.




Education: A bachelor’s degree in an Applied Science or an appropriate related field is required.


Experience: One year of experience in a research lab environment is required.


Skills: Must be able to demonstrate state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in their technical specialty.  The ability to work independently with minimal supervision on assigned research projects is required.  Must be able to maintain, manage, and repair scientific equipment.  A basic knowledge of Microsoft-based computer programs including some scientific, graphic, and statistical software is required.  Effective interpersonal skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


Effort: Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds.  Normal color vision is required in order to conduct experiments.


Other: This position is designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy.  This position may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations




1. Conducts advanced research experiments independently with minimal supervision in collaboration with JVIC research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research professors, associated faculty, corporate scientists, and students.


2. Utilizes advanced knowledge of specific scientific protocols to analyze, interpret, and/or make deductions based on data obtained through scientific experimentation. 


3. Utilizes a thorough understanding of specific scientific equipment in order to operate, manage, and maintain scientific equipment to ensure its operational condition to assure validity of data obtained through experimentation.   


4. Collaborates on research projects as assigned that require novel or unique solutions involving new or emerging technology, the evaluation of alternatives and the development of experimental or design plans, making innovative as well as basic measurements, setting up advanced experimental protocols, and/or modifying equipment to obtain unique results.


5. Maintains accurate records of experiments and analysis performed based on specific experiments for a given project, conducts literature searches, and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation through professional reading assignments.


6. Writes reports and presents data based on findings from experiments conducted for assigned projects.


7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.


8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contact with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.


9. Contributes to the overall success of JVIC by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.




The Research Technician II is supervised by the assigned supervisor.