Lab Specialist Intermediate

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-07-29
Req: R0008564
The laboratory of David Rekosh and Marie-Louise Hammarskjold, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, is seeking a Laboratory Specialist Intermediate to assist in studies of endogenous retroviruses and their importance in cancer biology. This specialist will work mostly with Dr. Sara Rasmussen, who is a surgeon-scientist in their laboratory studying the role of endogenous retroviruses and their effects on solid organ tumor biology.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree in a related science and at least six years’ experience. Master's degree in microbiology/molecular biology or a related field is highly preferred and may substitute for required experience. Desirable skills include some or all of the following: Proficiency with cell culture techniques, transfection methods, lentiviral vectors, RNA and DNA isolation, cloning, sequencing, flow cytometry, western blotting, and PCR/RT-PCR Experience with next-generation sequencing, specifically RNA-Seq would also be a plus.

Some experience with Bioinformatics methods would also be valuable, but is not required. In addition to assistance with specific research projects, the duties will include a share in general laboratory maintenance, record keeping, and ordering. An ability to work independently and maintain detailed records a must, but additionally the ideal candidate would be happy to work within a diverse research team that includes graduate students, surgery residents, post-docs, undergraduate students, and clinicians. The position will involve 70% time on independent projects, 10% time in teaching and supervision of research and medical students, or residents, and 20% in general lab maintenance.

This position is restricted and 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 # R0008564. 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 # R0008564. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

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: Bachelor's degree in related science is required. A Master's degree in microbiology/molecular biology or a related field is highly preferred and may substitute for required experience.

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

This position requires some or all of the following skills:

  • Proficiency with cell culture techniques, transfection methods, lentiviral vectors, RNA and DNA isolation, cloning, sequencing, flow cytometry, western blotting, and PCR/RT-PCR
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing, specifically RNA-Seq would also be a plus.
  • Experience with experience with Bioinformatics methods is preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to perform general laboratory maintenance, record keeping, and ordering.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain detailed records required.
  • The ideal candidate would be happy to work within a diverse research team that includes graduate students, surgery residents, post-docs, undergraduate students, and clinicians.

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: 7/30/2019
Application Due: 9/17/2019
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