Laboratory Technician - Garrison lab

Science Novato, California



The Garrison Laboratory at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging is looking for a Laboratory Technician to assist in the operation and maintenance of the laboratory and related areas, working in a support role under the lab manager.


The Garrison Lab aims to understand how inter-tissue communication, specifically that mediated by the long-range secreted signals called neuropeptides, influences physiology and aging. We employ advanced imaging, genetic, and biochemical approaches to investigate these questions using both worm and mouse model systems. Our goal is to discover how age-related changes in neuropeptide signaling systems in the brain can influence whole organism healthspan and longevity, and to discover strategies to prevent or delay ovarian aging.


  • Exciting, collaborative work environment at the forefront of science using state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Excellent opportunity to obtain hands-on research lab experience
  • Salary: $20 - 25 per hour, commensurate with experience


  • Prepare and maintain chemical solutions, media, and reagents, including:
    • Operate an automated plate-pourer.
    • Perform hand-pouring protocols alongside automated plate-pouring.
    • Fulfill specific media and plate-pouring requests.
    • Maintain accurate, up-to-date inventory of plate requests and plates poured, and of all media and reagents made.
  • Submit orders for commonly used laboratory consumables, chemicals and general supplies; receive and store supplies; maintain supplies inventories.
  • Perform autoclave sterilization of media and reusable tools regularly.
  • Help keep a clean, organized layout and safe work environment in the laboratory.
  • Perform experiments and provide benchwork help around the lab.
  • Carefully record experiments and lab-related actions in a laboratory notebook; maintain a living document of in-progress and completed tasks.
  • Adhere to proper data hygiene and sharing guidelines.


Education & Experience

  • BA/BS in Biology or a related field
  • 1+ year laboratory experience (degree-related OK)

Specialized Skills

  • Strong aptitude, background, and knowledge of basic scientific theory
  • Highly motivated to perform research
  • Excellent technical and problem-solving ability
  • Precise attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong sense of initiative and planning
  • Works well with other scientists under general supervision and independently
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills


To be considered, please apply online by submitting your CV, a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and why you are the right person for the job and contact information for 2 references.

Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.