Biology Lab Specialist
Job ID: R0028529 | Laboratory Research | Full time | Charlottesville, VA
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 University of Virginia Department of Biology seeks applicants for a Lab Specialist. The Lab Specialist will support in-laboratory education and research.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3 years of experience in a lab role is required. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a Biology Degree.
  • Must have computer skills in word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis and more than 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Prior experience in a model animal or fruit fly genetics/molecular genetics laboratory is preferred.
  • Experience with standard molecular biology, i.e., cloning, PCR genotyping, qPCR analyses of gene expression and immunofluorescent confocal imaging techniques is preferred.
  • Excellent fine motor skills required.

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 fine dissection techniques.


COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.


Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22908

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