Lab Specialist Int
Working Title: Lab Specialist Int
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 3 to participate in studies of atherosclerosis and its clinical complications including myocardial infarction and stroke. It also includes studies of angiogenesis and vascular injury-repair. Duties include managing a large and complex mouse colony, which houses over 700 cages and 20 unique genetically modified mouse strains. The individual must work closely with students, fellows, post-docs, and other members of the lab to assist in conducting all aspects of animal experiments. This includes maintaining a breeding colony of core stocks of genetically modified mice, maintaining meticulous records of mouse inventories, breeding, genotyping, and maintaining a transponder-based mouse identification system and electronic database, as well as writing ACUC animal protocols. The Lab Specialist 3 is also responsible for assisting lab personnel in processing tissue samples for RT-PCR, Western blot, flow cytometric analyses, and single cell RNAseq evaluations. The Lab Specialist 3 also participates in performing histological, immunofluorescence staining, embedding, sectioning, and confocal microscopic analysis of mouse and human tissues, as well as performing quantitative computer morphometric analyses of stained vascular histological preparations.
The position requires coordinating research projects and logistics with other lab members; compliance with University, Federal, and State policies and procedures; consulting with the Principle Investigator and Lab Manager as needed and helping oversee laboratory equipment and supplies required for operation of the laboratory.
A Bachelor's degree in a science-related field is required for this position. Successful candidates must have strengths in communication and presentation skills in a scientific environment. Along with having a "big-picture" perspective, the candidate should champion a high level of attention to detail and documentation in lab work. Applicants should thrive in an autonomous environment, in which he or she is self-guided and creative in seeking possible solutions to experimental/design challenges at hand.
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. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of biological and biomedical processes.
2. Intermediate knowledge and experience working in a complex research laboratory, preferably with experience in carrying out moderately complex experiments using specified protocols but with the ability to assist trainees and staff with adapting/amending protocols based on results and needs.
3. Ability to synthesize information, provide advice, and address needs independently.
4. Experience interpreting and presenting research data.
5. Ability to translate experimental results into publication quality reports and data spread sheets.
6. Demonstrated knowledge of research methodologies, proposals, and strategies and the ability to coherently articulate and present results to peers and other parties.
7. Meticulous attention to detail, rigorous adherence to experimental protocols, and a good work ethic.
8. Ability to work effectively as a member of a research team.
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