Research Scientist

Charlottesville, VA
Oct 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Scientist

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Chemistry

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 03-14-2016

Posting Summary:
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites candidates, excited for the opportunity to work in a dynamic and collaborative research environment, to apply for a Research Scientist position. The incumbent will perform research to develop technology for a rapid genetic DNA analysis on a microfluidic device. This research involves development and integration of microfluidics and biochemistry assays on the microfluidic scale including DNA extraction, DNA amplification, and DNA separation.

Completion of a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or a related discipline is required. Candidates must have effective oral and written communication skills, and at least 4 years of experience, (a) with DNA analysis for forensic human identification including knowledge of at least two commercial software packages for STR analysis (b) extensive experience with conventional and microchip-based DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and DNA separations methods and kits, and (c) development of microfluidic devices for DNA analysis. Experience in developing multiplex PCR chemistry is a strongly desired. Candidates are expected to be capable of handling research relationships with collaborators and vendors and be able to work on a schedule to deliver results under time constraints. Experience and ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary science and directly with an engineering team is strongly desired.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA ( and electronically attach the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest and the contact information for three (3) references; search on posting number 0618251.

Review of applications will begin in April 5, 2016 with an anticipated start date in the spring of 2016; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor James Landers at

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Lin Burton (434) 924-4360
The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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