Laboratory Technician

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-26
Req: R0023338

The Kelly Laboratory at the University of Virginia has an immediate opening for a Laboratory Research Technician to join our team. The technician will primarily work on an NIH-funded project to develop a cutting-edge approach for spatially resolved detection of proteins in living tissue. This exciting project provides the opportunity to collaborate closely with project team members in the Department of Neuroscience (Harris laboratory) and Department of Chemistry (Pompano laboratory).

In this role, the technician will be expected to learn and independently perform phage-display screens, peptide synthesis, and standard bioanalysis assays to support the project and related work in the laboratory. They will work closely with other lab members and collaborators to plan and carry out these experiments. They will analyze data, write it up, and discuss it at collaborative meetings. If successful, the work may result in an opportunity to present the work at local or national conferences, and to contribute to manuscripts for publication.

In addition to the primary project, the technician will carry out administrative and logistical tasks necessary to maintain lab operations, maintain detailed scientific records, maintain a safe and clean laboratory environment, and help keep up with laboratory safety regulations.

The historic University of Virginia is consistently ranked one of the top 3 public universities in the country by US News and World Report, with a vibrant research enterprise that support cross-disciplinary scholarship. We are located in beautiful Charlottesville, VA, near the Blue Ridge mountains, with a strong cultural and restaurant scene and college town energy. Travel to Washington, DC in just two hours, or the Atlantic Ocean in three.

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

QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline is required by the appointment start date. Prior experience in a research laboratory, which may include student experience, is preferred, or a history of employment that requires careful attention to detail.

The position will begin in spring/summer 2021 and is funded for two years, contingent on satisfactory performance. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to the full two years.

The Selected candidate will have to successfully complete a background check prior to employment per University policy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and sitting while conducting experiments. Also requires keyboarding, pipetting, and other bench work requiring finer finger manipulation.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, please prepare the following as a single combined PDF.

  • A cover letter that explains how this position fits into your career goals, when you would be available to start if hired, and a brief summary of any relevant laboratory experience (max. 2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) references if not already included in the CV. Listing them here represents permission to contact them unless you specify otherwise in your cover letter.

***Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on May 5, 2021 but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


Education: High School Graduate or Equivalent.  Must meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act  & Amendment (CLIA) education requirements for complexity of testing performed

Experience: No experience required 

Licensure: None required



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 which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 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 or expression, 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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Job No:
Posted: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 7/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time