Laboratory Specialist

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-03-01
Req: R0003605
The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia seeks a Laboratory Specialist to work in the lab of Dr. Michael Wiener.

Lab Specialist employees provide technical lab support by performing complex lab and research related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Lab Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Lab Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Lab Specialist employees often train others on work processes and policies.

This is a restricted position contingent upon the continuation of funding.

Please attach a cover letter and CV to your Workday application.

  • Specialize in lab and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to Principal Investigators and/or labs. Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Perform a variety of tests requiring high degree of proficiency.
  • Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluate experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses. Research, compile, and maintain complex statistical, numerical, and computerized reports.
  • Perform library and literature research.
  • Assist in training other staff members on procedures.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned


Education: Bachelor's degree by start date

Experience: At least three years of experience, which may include experience gained while a student.

Licensure: None.

  • REQUIRED: General lab reagent generation and upkeep (e.g., how to make buffered solutions, liquid media preparation, autoclave usage, sterile technique, practical knowledge/experience working with aqueous and organic liquids, inventory management).
  • REQUIRED: Experience with running SDS-PAGE and Western Blot Analysis.
  • REQUIRED: Molecular biology (PCR, design and execution of cloning experiments, interpretation of Sanger Sequencing results).
  • REQUIRED: Practical experience in protein purification and chromatography. 
  • RECOMMENDED: Working knowledge of GE Akta and/or Bio-Rad NGC purification platforms.
  • RECOMMENDED: Experience with cell growth and harvest (E.coli, yeast, insect, and human/mammalian cells).
  • RECOMMENDED: Experience with cell lysis/disruption and cell debris clarification.
  • RECOMMENDED: Experience with biological lipids and formulation of liposomes/proteoliposomes.
  • RECOMMENDED: Experience with activity assays and steady state kinetics experiments.



This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work procedures requiring finer finger manipulation.  

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 3/2/2019
Application Due: 4/25/2019
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