Working Title: Lab Specialist
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: Cardiovascular Research Center
Posting Date: 03-09-2018
The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center is currently seeking a Laboratory Specialist to participate in studies of atherosclerosis and its clinical complications including myocardial infarction and stroke. This position provides scientific/technical support to a large cardiovascular research laboratory consisting of a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and technical staff. A major responsibility is processing mouse tissues for histological, immunofluorescence microscopic, and quantitative morphometric analyses. Additional duties include assisting trainees in performing experiments in complex genetically modified mouse models of cardiovascular disease, angiogenesis, and vascular injury-repair. The individual also participates in designing and optimizing laboratory procedures; conducting experiments; recording and analyzing results; providing training on laboratory techniques; and performing preventive maintenance on equipment. The individual also helps with general lab maintenance including maintaining laboratory stock solutions, and reagents.
Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in a science-related field and a minimum of two to three years of laboratory experience. Experience gained while a student may be considered. Experience in handling mice and molecular biology techniques (real time PCR, western blotting, transfection) is strongly preferred. Applicants must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
This is a one-year restricted position with possibility of extension beyond one-year contingent upon the continuation of funding.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Entry to intermediate knowledge of biological and biomedical processes.
2. Ability to synthesize information, provide advice, and address needs independently.
3. Experience interpreting and presenting research data.
4. Ability to translate experimental results into publication quality reports and data spread sheets.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of research methodologies, proposals, and strategies and the ability to coherently articulate and present results to peers and other parties.
6. Meticulous attention to detail, rigorous adherence to experimental protocols, and a good work ethic.
7. Ability to work with mice.
8. Ability to work effectively as a member of a research team.
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