Working Title: Research Technician
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: Department of Biology
Posting Date: 09-06-2018
The Department of Biology is hiring a Lab and Research Technician in the Gibson lab at the University of Virginia. The Gibson lab, opening in January 2019, will study the evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions, exploring questions such as: Does host genetic diversity suppress disease transmission? Does host migration suppress disease transmission and prevent rapid parasite adaptation? How effective are coevolving parasites at suppressing densities of their host populations, and what does this mean for biological control? We'll use a mix of laboratory experiments, experimental evolution in lab and semi-natural mesocosms, and field collections to address these and related questions.
The Research Technician will be responsible for assisting with managing ongoing research projects, duties include:
Overseeing and assisting in running long-term experimental evolution projects with free-living and plant parasitic nematode hosts and their parasites and performing small-scale experiments on disease resistance and transmission;
Collecting populations of free-living and plant parasitic nematodes and the data entry based on the above;
Training and management of lab personal, including maintaining and organizing lab protocols, training lab personnel, and managing the schedules and responsibilities of undergraduate trainees in the lab;
Animal/plant husbandry, including tracking levels of archived stocks, archiving additional stocks, ordering new stocks, rearing and monitoring plants, and condition of stocks;
Tracking and maintaining laboratory supplies to ensure lab is equipped with adequate laboratory supplies, and ordering new materials; and
Ensuring normal day-to-day operations of the lab and compliance with environmental safety standards.
A Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field by start date is required. At least two years of experience working in a laboratory setting, and experience with basic laboratory techniques and dissecting scopes are required. Must have the ability to follow molecular biology protocols accurately and carefully. Incumbent must be familiar and comfortable with microscopes, at minimum with dissecting scopes. Ability to maintain detailed experimental records is required. Incumbent must have fine motor skills for transferring microscopic organisms. Excellent learning capabilities and analytical skills are required. The ideal candidate will have excellent observational, problem solving, and organizational skills, and be a superior communicator who is able to translate difficult concepts into easily understood information
To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search Posting Number #0623982 , complete the staff application, attach a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for 3 references. This position is open until filled.
For questions about this position or the application process please contact Ashley Cochran at [email protected]
The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment and welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience of standard laboratory procedures (weighing chemicals, prepare solutions based on molarity, use of micro-pipettes) is required.
Must have the ability to follow molecular biology protocols accurately and carefully.
Incumbent must be familiar and comfortable with microscopes, at minimum with dissecting scopes
Ability to maintain detailed experimental records is required.
Must be able to work carefully with fine motor skills for transferring of microscopic organisms.
Excellent learning capabilities and analytical skills are required.
In addition incumbent must have great observational skills, must be able to detect and solve potential problems in the lab, including with study organisms, equipment, and personnel.
Organizational skills are required, the employee must be able to maintain an orderly, well-stocked lab; monitor populations, both active and archived ones; organize lab data; and maintain lab protocols.
Strong communication skills are required, the employee must be comfortable teaching lab personnel and communicating problems to PI and lab personnel.
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