Laboratory Technician 1
Working Title: Laboratory Technician 1
Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff
Department: Department of Pediatrics
Posting Date: 03-28-2017
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia is seeking a Laboratory Technician 1 or 2. The position carries out research studies and assists in experiments for the laboratory of Dr. Daniel "Trey" Lee, MD, a pioneer in the use of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells for the treatment of pediatric malignancies (PMID: 25319501). The focus of the Lee Lab is to develop and rapidly translate new CAR T cell therapies to the clinic through by the initiation of investigator-initiated clinical trials at UVA. The incumbent will assist in the establishment and management of the laboratory and perform experiments supporting the goals of the lab with the supervision of the PI and other staff. Research in the lab utilizes human patient and normal donor samples in addition to using small animal models of disease (required) and tumor cell lines.
The incumbent also attends weekly meetings with the Principal Investigator to discuss experimental results, conducts literature searches, and presents results in lab meetings. The incumbent works under supervision, independently and ethically, documents all research data appropriately, and assists other members of the lab.
Qualified candidates must have a bachelor's degree in life sciences, biomedical engineering or a related interdisciplinary field by appointment start date, as well as experience in small animal handling and management, and a minimum of two years of experience with bench or animal research protocols (may include student experience) or a Master's degree. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with excellent organizational and communication skills. Experience with cell culture and flow cytometry is desirable, but not necessary. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required. Additional expertise in statistical and data analysis software, database software, and imaging and/or image analysis software is a plus.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidates must be able to perform routine laboratory data analysis and procedures; independently prepare solutions and reagents; perform or learn to work with animal models and cell lines; resolve problems and work accurately and with attention to detail. Must have ability to analyze and organize work procedures; plan and execute tasks or experiments; and interpret and report findings.
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