Laboratory Support Technician (onsite temp-to-hire)

Administrative Novato, California


Buck Institute for Research on Aging is looking for a Laboratory Technician to support the Institute’s 20 labs. This role will work as part of the Laboratory Support Services group, supporting laboratory operations for the entire Institute’s laboratory staff. This is a temporary position which may convert to full time after 90 days.


  • Autoclaving: Use glassware washing machines and autoclaves to clean and sterilize lab ware. Maintain adequate supply of labware, materials and equipment in the labs.
  • Media: Largescale Drosophila food preparation. Prepare plates, medias and buffers for researchers.
  • Waste: Remove and collect biohazardous cell culture and laboratory benchtop waste daily.
  • Gases/LN2: Monitor and manage lab gases and liquid nitrogen used for cell culture, cryopreservation and other instrumentation.
  • Incubators: Set up cell culture rooms including incubators, vacuum flask aspiration systems, and maintenance of biological safety cabinets.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and repair general lab equipment including autoclaves, Lancer washers, incubators, cryo-storage units and lab water purifiers.
  • Assist with lab set-ups/relocations.
  • Order supplies as needed/utilized by the core.


Education & Experience

  • B.S. preferred in Environmental Health, Biology or other science background
  • 1+ years’ experience in a laboratory, research or comparable environment
  • Working knowledge of laboratory operations and equipment

Specialized Skills

  • Resourceful and takes initiative
  • Knowledge of laboratory operations and technical aptitude
  • Ability to think independently and respond appropriately to a crisis
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent organization skills
  • Highly effective problem-solving and excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with personnel of diverse scientific background
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

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.

Interested candidates should apply online and upload a CV and cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.