Lab Specialist

Charlottesville, VA
Apr 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Lab Specialist

Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff

Department: Department of Medicine, Nephrology Division

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 04-07-2017

Posting Summary:
The Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, is seeking a Laboratory Specialist to provide advanced scientific and technical support with a research emphasis on iron metabolism, macrophages, fibrosis, vascular calcification and progressive kidney diseases. The incumbent provides scientific technique involving a variety of laboratory procedures under the guidance of the Principal Investigator. The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Principal Investigator in designing, conducting, assessing experimental results and analyzing experiments on laboratory projects, including biochemical, cellular and in vivo animal model (mouse) approaches. The incumbent occasionally assists and trains graduate and undergraduate students and entry-level technicians on laboratory procedures; maintains laboratory equipment and supplies; and orders supplies as needed.

Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology or other scientific field. A minimum of four years of laboratory research experience (may include student experience) using molecular biology or genetics approaches to address relevant scientific experiments is required. A Master's degree in a related science may substitute for required experience. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) is required. Candidate must have the ability to establish priorities, design and execute experiments; perform experiments following approved protocols; maintain records, analyze data, prepare written documentation, and make formal presentations; resolve issues and problems; work accurately with attention to detail; assist and train students and fellows on lab procedures and techniques; and knowledge of caring for and breeding research mice. Qualified candidates must have knowledge of laboratory techniques and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Experience with the UVa Integrated Systems (PO Purchasing), Research Databases, and Statistics packages, such as PRISM, are preferred.

This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to establish priorities, design and execute, and perform complex experiments following approved protocols.
2. Ability to maintain records, analyze data, prepare written documentation and make formal presentations.
3. Knowledge of laboratory techniques and research matter expertise.
4. Ability to synthesize information, provide advice and address needs independently.
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills in daily interactions.
6. Ability to resolve issues and problems.
7. Ability to supervise, train and educate students and fellows on lab procedures and techniques as well as leading and building professional teams.
8. Excellent organizational and recordkeeping skills.
9. Knowledge of laboratory techniques.

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