Job Description

National Jewish Health/*National Jewish Health - Main Campus/Medicine - Pulmonary Division

Denver, CO

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Work Hours: 800am - 500pm


Req # 12663

National Jewish Health has a Laboratory Researcher Technician opportunity available for a talented and highly motivated individual to join Dr. Hisert in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Katie Hisert, MD, PhD, is a physician scientist with clinical specialization in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and a focus on adult cystic fibrosis (CF). Her research aims to understand the role of monocytes and macrophages in regulating chronic inflammation in the CF airway. Ultimately, she hopes her findings will demonstrate how modulation of monocyte and macrophage responses could be used therapeutically to improve CF disease manifestations and outcomes. Dr. Hisert's research is both basic and translational: she collects human specimens (blood and sputum) from people with CF, as well as peripheral blood cells from healthy donors, to study cellular changes in response to different therapies and stimuli. She also uses mouse models of acute lung inflammation to study how these cellular changes may be relevant in vivo. 

Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include:

1. Able to identify technical problems in experiments and find solutions to basic problems.

2. Able to participate in collaborative interaction: there will be extensive interaction with others in the lab.  

3. Able to order reagents and keep track of laboratory supplies 

4. Be highly organized and able to maintain clear and reliable record.

5. Bachelors level of understanding of knowledge of microbiology and immunology 


Knowledge, skills, and abilities that are desirable, providing for an enhanced level of job performance, include:


1. Experience in cell culture

2. Experience with flow cytometry and/or cell isolation using antibody-based methods: beginner skill level.  Methods will be taught, but knowledge of what antibodies are, and how they can be used to isolate specific cell populations is essential for understanding methods.

3. Experience working with animal models. 

4. Data collection and analysis. Able to process data with basic statistical analysis, produce graphs, and develop preliminary conclusions and plans for next round of experiments; familiarity with Microsoft Office suite.

Position Summary    

The position performs as an entry level technician under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Laboratory Manager which may include assisting in collecting, tabulating and analyzing research data.  

Essential Duties    

  1. Performs routine laboratory tests under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Lab Manager.
  2. Collects, accurately records and analyzes data in conjunction with other research staff.
  3. Obtains and maintains minimum proficiency in data analysis, preparation of glassware, extraction and plating procedures, basic programming and mathematical ordering systems.  May utilize computer.
  4. Maintains compliance with all institutional/safety training requirements.
  5. Maintains laboratory records, supplies and samples in an organized manner (such as a laboratory notebook and sample storage record).

Core Values    

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Other Duties

  1. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies    

  1. Laboratory Knowledge: Demonstrates and understands laboratory testing and methodology.
  2. Decision Quality: Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement.  Sought out by others for advice and solutions.
  3. Adaptability: Maintains effectiveness in the midst of change in work responsibilities or environment, requirements ambiguity, or stress.
  4. Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.
  5. Informing/Communicating: Conveys ideas, responses, or instructions effectively, appropriately, and persuasively through writing or speech.
  6. Professional Relationships: Interacts with others in a constructive, positive, and respectful manner, regardless of individual differences. Assists team members or co-workers in achieving personal goals and completing assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

BS /BA degree, a demonstrated basic knowledge of laboratory procedures, laboratory equipment, and data collection /classification required.

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