Laboratory Technician 2 or Laboratory Specialist
Working Title: Laboratory Technician 2 or Laboratory Specialist
Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff
Department: Department of Pharmacology
Posting Date: 07-06-2017
The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia seeks either a Laboratory and Research Technician 2 or a Laboratory Specialist (depending on qualifications) to assist investigators with experiments designed to investigate sphingolipids in cancer and ocular diseases. The individual will predominantly be performing rodent-based assays (e.g. angiogenesis, leukocyte adhesion, cancer models), maintaining mouse colonies, and performing immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy. Additional experimental approaches may entail flow cytometry, western blotting, and preparation of samples for mass spectrometry. Skill sets in biochemistry, cellular biology, and physiology are desired. The Lab Specialist would additionally provide ACUC and EHS compliance management, coordination of laboratory meetings, laboratory maintenance, and order laboratory supplies.
To be considered for the Laboratory and Research Technician 2 position, an Associate's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline is required, as well as at least two years of laboratory experience (which may include student experience) in an academic or industrial laboratory setting. Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and statistical/bioinformatics analyses is also required. Further, to be competitive for the Laboratory and Research Technician 2 position, the incumbent must be able to provide complex technical support for projects and engage in complex scientific experiments, must be able to handle complex administrative and logistical tasks, and must be able to operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures.
To be considered for the Laboratory Specialist position, a Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline is required, as well as one-to-four years laboratory experience in an academic or industrial laboratory setting. Relevant student experience will be considered. Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and statistical/bioinformatics analyses is also required. Further, to be competitive for the Laboratory Specialist position, incumbent must be able to perform complex lab and research related tasks, acting as a specialist on research methods and equipment functions specific to the investigations in the lab. Incumbent must also be able to perform daily activities without supervision and must be able to train others on work processes and policies.
This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Experience with cellular assays and protein purification.
2. Working with rodent models.
3. Ability to synthesize information, provide advice, and address needs independently.
4. Knowledge of general lab procedures, basic safety precautions, and lab equipment.
5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
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