Lab Specialist Intermediate

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-23
Req: R0003902
A Laboratory Specialist Intermediate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Alison Criss in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology in the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The laboratory investigates host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to infection (https://mic.med.virginia.edu/criss/). Fifty percent of the specialist’s time will be spent on research that is conducted independently and overseen by the Principal Investigator. Research projects include generating and validating mutant strains of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, performing infections in primary and cultured cells, and analyzing genomic and transcriptomic data sets from bacteria and eukaryotic cells. The specialist will routinely handle biosafety level 2 pathogens and work with human samples, including blood. Fifty percent of the specialist’s time will be spent on lab organization, which includes making stocks of chemicals, growth media, and other reagents; maintaining stocks of consumable lab supplies; maintaining equipment; maintaining and organizing laboratory stocks of biosafety level 2 bacteria and cells; phlebotomy and purification of human immune cells; and assisting the Principal Investigator and Lab Manager with shipping between laboratories and regulatory compliance with biosafety, human subjects, animal welfare, and radiation and chemical safety practices. The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology is a highly collaborative department with an outstanding commitment to research and education.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION: Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a related discipline by the time of hire. Candidates must have at least two years of independent research experience in a Biomedical Sciences discipline by the time of hire. Candidates must have documented experience working at biosafety level 2. Candidates must have experience with standard molecular biological techniques (PCR, cloning, plasmid purification, analyzing Sanger DNA sequencing results). Candidates must have experience in bioinformatics analyses (genomic comparisons, analysis of transcriptomic or transposon-sequencing data sets), which may be from coursework and/or laboratory research. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with pathogenic bacteria at biosafety level 2 or higher and primary human blood cells. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in human phlebotomy; candidates must be willing to learn phlebotomy. Candidates with publications from prior research positions or degree programs are highly preferred.

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

TO APPLY:
EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: please apply through Workday at the following URL, https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs , and search for requisition # R0003902. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter that addresses the requirements for the position as outlined above, 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 # R0003902. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter that addresses the requirements for the position as outlined above, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for this position is Spring/Summer 2019.

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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a related discipline by the time of hire.

Experience:  Candidates must have:

·         At least two years of independent research experience in a Biomedical Sciences discipline by the time of hire. A Master's degree in related field may substitute for some of the required experience.

·         Documented experience working at biosafety level 2.

·         Experience with standard molecular biological techniques (PCR, cloning, plasmid purification, analyzing Sanger DNA sequencing results).

·         Experience in bioinformatics analyses (genomic comparisons, analysis of transcriptomic or transposon-sequencing data sets), which may be from coursework and/or laboratory research.

Preferred Experience: Preference will be given to candidates who have:

·         Experience working with pathogenic bacteria at biosafety level 2 or higher and primary human blood cells.

·         Experience in human phlebotomy; candidates must be willing to learn phlebotomy.

·         Publications from prior research positions or degree programs are highly preferred. 

Licensure: None.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

 

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: 4/16/2019
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