Research Technician, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatrics Research
Indiana University

Indianapolis, Indiana



Department Information

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research conducts basic science and translational research within the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. The Wells Center houses more than 200 faculty investigators, staff, and trainees seeking answers to the most pressing questions related to childhood illness.

With the collaboration between scientists and physicians, the center aims to increase knowledge of causes and mechanisms of serious pediatric diseases. Our goal is to develop innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of sick children in Indiana and beyond.

Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Assists the Principal Investigator in conducting research in human papillomavirus and infection-associated cancer development within the Wells Center for Pediatric Research. Research on human papillomavirus includes host-viral interactions, cellular pathway regulation, and cancer pathway activation.
  • Conducts investigative research related to human papillomavirus and its associated cancers that includes multiple molecular biology techniques (DNA, RNA, and protein purification), southern blots, real time PCR, sequencing, protein quantification, western immunoblots, immunoprecipitation assays, RNA-protein immunoprecipitation assays, tissue culture of cell lines and primary cell cultures, retroviral production, transduction and cell culture selection, three-dimensional raft culture production, preparation of samples for histology and immunohistochemical staining, immunofluorescent staining of cells, light microscopy, confocal microscopy, in vitro RNA and protein production, DNA cloning, short hairpin RNA production, CRISPR/Cas9 cloning and transduction for targeted DNA mutation, and statistical analyses of molecular biological data.
  • Makes extensive use of cell and molecular biology techniques, monolayer and three dimensional tissue culture, and archived patient sample studies.
General Responsibilities
  • Performs a wide variety of complex experiments and reports results.
  • Organizes analytical data of performed experiments. May submit findings for publication.
  • Installs and maintains research equipment.
  • Acts as a liaison to students and laboratory personnel for training.
  • Maintains laboratory supply requisition and management.
  • Trains junior-level staff.
  • Plans experiments and short-term goals.
  • May require travel in order to service various research sites.



  • Bachelor's degree in science or related field

  • 2 years of related research experience
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered


  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to build strong customer relationships

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $47,000 yearly. Salary determination is based on experience, skill level, education, and training.

Work Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Mastery

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Research Analysis

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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