Laboratory Technician I - SPH

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Laboratory Technician I - SPH

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 240000XR

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Full-Time Laboratory Technician position with the UTHealth School of Public Health.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Will assist the Principal Investigator in a research program that analyzes stool samples from diarrhea patients for the presence of Clostridioides difficile , genetic antibiotic-resistance elements, and other metabolites.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Perform routine stool sample processing and analyses, and prepare growth media and buffers.

  2. Molecular work (i.e., PCR and cloning techniques)

  3. Routine laboratory maintenance duties -- Will also perform routine laboratory duties: maintain lab equipment, order supplies, and reagents, and update laboratory records. Dispenses biohazardous materials by autoclaving and bagging for disposal. Washes and sterilizes glassware, pipets, instruments, and tips. Collects lab coats for laundry. Perform other general lab duties as needed.

  4. Other duties as assigned.



Minimum Education:

High school diploma or equivalent.


Bachelor of Science

Minimum Experience:

One year of experience with laboratory and/or scientific procedures.

May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.


  1. One year of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, basic genetics OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  2. Laboratory experience with basic techniques in molecular biology, including DNA and RNA preparation and extraction, molecular cloning, gel electrophoresis, PCR, etc.

  3. College-level course or equivalent in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques, including the ability to prepare solutions

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.