Job location: Charlottesville, VA
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-17
Dr. John Lukens in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Virginia seeks a motivated and detail-oriented Laboratory Specialist to perform and assist with experiments in a laboratory setting for 1-2 years. The Lukens laboratory is investigating the immunological pathways that contribute to neuroinflammatory disease pathogenesis in multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and models of autism. The incumbent will be responsible for managing the lab’s animal colony, conducting experimental assays, assisting in animal experiments, ordering lab supplies, maintaining lab equipment, and helping to train undergraduate students.
A bachelor’s degree in Biology, Immunology, Neuroscience or a related field and a minimum of three years of experience working in a laboratory setting is required. The successful candidate should be a self-starter and have strong attention to details. Applicants should also possess strong problem solving skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Candidates with previous research experience in molecular biology, immunology and animal models are preferred.
This is restricted position, which will be supported for 1-2 years, contingent upon the continuation of funding and other factors.
This position will remain open until filled.
EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: please apply through Workday at the following URL, https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs , and search for requisition # R0005262. 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 # R0005262. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).
For further information about the position and application process, please contact Jon Stafford via email [email protected] or call 434-924-9108.
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. Responsibilities can include:
- Specialization 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.
- May perform small animal surgery.
- 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 instructing lab academic sections in lab methods, procedures, and safety.
- Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
- Assist in training other staff members on procedures.
- Additional duties as assigned.
Education: A bachelor’s degree in Biology, Immunology, Neuroscience or a related field is required.
Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of experience working in a laboratory setting is required, which may include experience gained while a student. The successful candidate should be a self-starter and have strong attention to details. Applicants should also possess strong problem solving skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Candidates with previous research experience in molecular biology, immunology and animal models are preferred.
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.