Laboratory Specialist

Working Title: Laboratory Specialist

Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff

Department: Department of Pharmacology

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 07-14-2017

Posting Summary:
The Department of Pharmacology is seeking a Laboratory Specialist to conduct experimental work in the laboratory of Dr. Irina Bochkis. The Bochkis lab is utilizing experimental and computational methods to understand genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate metabolism. The successful candidate will assist the investigator with in vivo experiments in mouse models of metabolic disease. The individual will be expected to develop and execute assays to isolate nucleic acids and make protein extracts from tissues, perform chromatin precipitation, and make libraries for next-generation sequencing. Note that this position is a non-exempt role, eligible to earn overtime.

A bachelor's degree and one-to-two years laboratory experience in an academic or industrial setting is required (biology or biochemistry degree preferred). Experience with mouse work and next-generation library preparation is preferred. Proficiency with computer software, including Word, Power Point and Excel is expected.

The position will remain open to applications until filled.

This position is restricted and contingent upon continued funding.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. A strong conceptual grasp of basic biochemical principles is essential.
2. Enthusiasm for experimental research is essential.
3. Willingness to perform mouse dissections and surgical procedures
4. Competence in technical tasks as measured by reasonable speed and accuracy is essential
5. Willingness to take care of laboratory chores such as washing and autoclaving of glassware
6. Proficiency in English and good communication skills.

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