PSYC – Meliza Lab Specialist

Employer
University of Virginia
Location
Charlottesville, VA
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-13
Req: R0026102
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.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia is hiring a Laboratory Specialist to assist investigators in the Meliza Lab with experiments designed to investigate the development and function of neural circuits underlying auditory perception. The successful candidate will primarily be performing electrophysiological recordings in culture, slices, and in vivo. Expertise in immunohistochemistry is also desired.

Learn more about the Meliza Lab: https://meliza.org

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare brain slices and cultured cells for electrophysiological recordings.
  • Prepare slice reagents and perform patch-clamp recordings
  • Perform immunohistochemistry and other assays, including sample collection, processing, and imaging.
  • Perform standard molecular biology (PCR, transformation, plasmid preparation, sub-cloning)
  • Perform surgical procedures on small lab animals.
  • Assist with training other staff members on procedures; may supervise students or volunteers.
  • Assist Principal Investigators and senior staff in developing new strategies and techniques for experimentation.
  • Provide routine, technical, and administrative support to research projects.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for “PSYC – Meliza Lab Specialist”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).


Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “PSYC – Meliza Lab Specialist”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education: Bachelor's degree.

Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Preferred Experience:

  • At least four years of experience in an academic or industrial lab (may include student experience).
  • At least two years of experience with electrophysiology.
  • Ability to synthesize information, provide advice, and address needs independently.
  • Knowledge of general lab procedures, basic safety precautions, and lab equipment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with basic productivity software (Microsoft Office or equivalent)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in neuroscience, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Experience working with live animals in an academic biomedical research environment.
  • Experience with histochemical approaches
  • Experience with confocal imaging and analysis software, Graphpad Prism, Adobe Illustrator, and R or Python.

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 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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