Biocontainment Research Associate III


  • Lab Technician
  • Other
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

A Biocontainment Research Associate Position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Thomas Geisbert to support studies evaluating vaccines and treatments against BSL-4 viruses and to support work characterizing the pathogenesis of these agents in animal models. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent or Master’s degree in basic science or equivalent. The applicant must have at least two years of significant experience in performing procedures on laboratory animals. The applicant must meet all State and Federal requirements necessary for working with Select Agents.


Performs, coordinates and conducts standard research experiments following technical instructions in BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 work environments

Performs functions of research projects utilizing hazardous viruses that require BSL-4 containment

Performs technical services including but not limited performing a variety of procedures on laboratory animals including exposure to viruses, blood collection, tissue collection, vaccination, treatment, euthanasia, and necropsy. Other technical services include but are not limited to performing clinical pathology assays (hematology, clinical pathology, blood coagulation) and processing blood and tissue samples from infected animals.

Contributes to scientific analysis of projects

Writes and reviews methods sections of manuscripts

Orders and maintains lab inventory of supplies, animals, and equipment

Maintains records of all tests performed and data collected, compiles and tabulates data, and provides analysis of results

Maintains knowledge of BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 operations

Adheres to internal controls established for the department

Performs related duties as required

Preferred Qualifications  

More than two years of experience performing procedures including phlebotomy on laboratory animals including nonhuman primates is preferred. LAT or LATG certification is preferred. More than two years of experience working with infectious agents in BSL-3 or BSL-4 is preferred but not required. The ideal candidate would have a DOJ clearance, LAT or LATG certification, and more than two years of BSL-3 or BSL-4 experience working with laboratory animals including nonhuman primates. 

UTMB has several highly interactive research centers, biomedical institutes, and a national biocontainment laboratory with excellent infrastructure to conduct research at BSL2, -3 and -4 on diverse animal models of infectious diseases. The Department, with 31 full-time faculty members, is ranked among the top of its peer departments in NIH funding. Interested candidates should apply to Job id #63971, Biocontainment Research Associate III via the UTMB careers website at

UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.”

Education Requirement:
Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent and 5 years of related experience with 2 years experience in a BSL 3 or 4. Or, Master’s degree in basic science or equivalent and 2 years of related experience required, one year in a BSL 3 or 4
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$56,083 -- $84,125
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