Laboratory Technician 2

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-08
Req: R0003458
This position provides technical and administrative support for an evolutionary biology research group. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining colonies of experimental insects and culturing fungus resources for experiments. This position involves residential fieldwork at the Mountain Lake Biological Station during the summer months that includes observational sampling in all weather and sometimes at night. Incumbent is responsible for database management including data collection, entry, analysis, presentation, and analysis and transcription of video records of behavior. Other special tasks may include DNA extraction, isolation and preparation, PCR and sequencing reactions including microsatellite analysis, primer development, and other genetic analyses. Husbandry and handling of reptiles and amphibians may be required. Cleans and maintains experimental equipment and cages and is responsible for day-to-day administration of the laboratory including: training and coordination of student personnel associated with video analysis and data entry, and purchasing and receiving of laboratory supplies. Incumbent interacts with and assists other laboratories with similar techniques.

Lab and Research Technician 2 employees provide increasingly complex technical support for projects and may engage in increasingly complex scientific experiments. May handle more sophisticated administrative and logistical tasks. Lab and Research Technician 2 employees operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures.

  • Perform similar duties to the Technician 1, such as performing analyses, participating in research or clinical work involving treatment operations and experiments with animals to include care and feeding, cage cleaning and sanitization, and observation during post-operative or treatment periods, and maintaining equipment and apparatuses.
  • Coordinate and participate in a variety of routine technical duties by providing assistance to clinical and research staff in testing, determinations, and experiments.
  • Assist in evaluating 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.
  • May perform certain surgical procedures on small lab animals.
  • Assist with training other staff members on procedures; may supervise students or volunteers.
  • Assist Principal Investigators and senior staff in developing new strategies and techniques for experimentation.
  • Technician 2 employees in Social Sciences and Humanities will provide routine, technical, and administrative support to research projects.
  • May contact and coordinate schedules with study subjects, handle information intake, and record and track results.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

To apply, visit complete a Staff Application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Rich Haverstrom, Academic Recruiter at

Required Training:

At least one year of work in a laboratory setting, including experience collecting and managing data. (Experience as a student considered)

Proficiency with Word, Excel

Knowledge of use of and husbandry/culture methods for insects and/or fungus, data and personnel management associated with field and experimental efforts, database management, and routine laboratory administration


Preferred Training

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field,

husbandry experience with live insects or other research organisms

fungus culture, experience with Filemaker Pro


Education: Associate's degree

Experience: At least 2 years of lab experience which may include student experience.  Bachelor's degree in related science will be considered in lieu of 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: 4/9/2019
Application Due: 5/24/2019
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