Laboratory & Research Specialist

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Laboratory & Research Spec I

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Laboratory & Research Specialist

Position Summary:

Aquatic Health Sciences at the Virginia Institute Marine Science invites qualified applicants to apply for the Laboratory & Research Specialist.

This position is located at Gloucester Point, VA.

The Laboratory & Research Specialist position assists in enhancing the Institute’s knowledge in infectious disease biology and management.

Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Sets up in vivo experiments. Collect and process samples using nucleic acid extraction, quantitative PCR, plaque assays, or similar molecular and microbiology methods.
  • Participates in fieldwork as needed. Assist with animal care. Clean tanks, feeds fish, performs health checks. Maintain cell cultures, bacteria, and virus stocks. Vaccinates fish.
  • Performs collation of data. Review experimental results and present data in concise format.
  • Maintains accurate procedures for all protocols performed. Troubleshoots and validates new protocols.
  • Order supplies, and research specialized orders when necessary.
    Maintain equipment and troubleshoot problems. Discuss with supervisor options for equipment repair and upcoming laboratory needs.
  • Modify assay to work in this laboratory, and writes up the working procedure. Documents all findings and informs supervisor of all setbacks and outcomes.
  • Assists PI with training of lab aides, students, postdocs, and collaborators with laboratory protocols and safety rules.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, or the equivalent combination of coursework and or experience to a Bachelor’s degree in these or related subject areas.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of “good laboratory practice” and sterile techniques.
  • Strong working knowledge and use of laboratory equipment.
  • Strong background or knowledge in Microbiology and Molecular Biology.
  • Proven ability to prepare samples using various analytical methods including microscopy, PCR or other techniques, with the demonstrated skills to perform analysis of experimental, microbiological and PCR data and report of findings.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (specifically Word and Excel), with the ability to perform data organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the demonstrated ability to work closely with colleagues in a team environment as well as working independently in a laboratory setting.
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to draft methods, and maintain accurate procedures for all protocols performed.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, 20 or more feet.


  • Demonstrated experience working in the biology, microbiology, molecular biology chemistry or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong knowledge of Bacteriology and or Virology.


  • Protocol Authorship
  • Experience Real-Time qPCR, PCR, reverse transcription is desirable.
  • Demonstrated skills in RNA and DNA extraction is a plus.
  • Fish husbandry experience.

Advertised Pay Range:

Commensurate with experience


171100 Aquatic Health Science


VIMS - Gloucester

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Employment Category:

Full Time Operational

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Conditions of Employment::

  • This is a full time, grant funded (restricted) position. This position is subject to the annual renewal of funding.
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • This position may be subject to overtime during high peak times, etc. as directed and approved by the supervisor.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, 20 or more feet.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Benefits Summary Statement:

Full time Positions: William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 3/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time