Lab Specialist Intermediate

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-03-16
Req: R0003233
The Dwyer lab in the Department of Cell Biology, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, is seeking a Laboratory Specialist Intermediate to work on experiments to understand normal and abnormal brain development, utilizing mouse genetics, molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, in situ hybridization, protein isolation, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry, and various types of microscopy on live and/or fixed cells. The technician will work closely with the PI and other lab members to complete tasks to support NIH-funded research and investigate how neural stem cells divide to produce neurons, and the function of cytoskeletal proteins during cell division and cell shape changes.

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: please apply through Workday at the following URL, , and search for requisition # R0003233. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).
INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for requisition # R0003233 . Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

Lab Specialist Intermediate employees engage in laboratory research by performing complex lab and research related tasks. They are distinguished from Lab Specialist employees by their additional responsibilities related to developing, designing, and conducting increasingly complex research projects. They perform complex tasks independently. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They may supervise support personnel and manage budgets. Responsibilities can include:

  • Perform duties similar to Lab Specialist employees, such as helping Principal Investigators coordinate research projects, performing experimental procedures, collecting information and data, and preparing tissues and specimens for procedures.
  • Participate in formulating research methods, suggesting options for improving quality, and recommending solutions. Participate in computer database design, utilization, and research/data analyses, and suggest future improvements to data measurement.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of projects. Schedule and maintain records of equipment/facilities. May be responsible for operations of specialized labs or research areas within departments and/or field work and related data analyses for research projects. May assemble, test, calibrate, clean, or make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Train users in equipment operation and research techniques; and explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes.
  • Determine interview procedures and conduct interviews. Work independently on collection of data and analyze research results.
  • Confer with PIs in developing plans for research projects and discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.
  • May supervise research support personnel and manage budgets.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree in related science.

Experience: At least six years laboratory experience. Master's degree in related field may substitute for required experience.

Licensure: None.



This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments or caring for animals. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work and animal 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: 3/17/2019
Application Due: 12/29/2019
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