Chemistry - Venton Lab Specialist
Job ID: R0038425 | 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 Venton lab in the Department of Chemistry is currently seeking a Laboratory Specialist to participate in studies of measuring the dynamics of neurotransmission. This position provides technical support to a basic science research laboratory consisting of graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technical staff. The tasks involve a combination of general laboratory duties, including maintenance of Drosophila lines, the inventory of lab supplies, maintenance of lab equipment, performing experiments, ordering, and making common laboratory solutions. The Lab Specialist will work closely with the PI and other lab members to learn and perform a variety of experimental procedures, including, but not limited to, electrochemical measurements of neurotransmitters, Drosophila behavioral experiments, and Drosophila genetics.

Desired candidates should have experience in the following areas:
  • General biological procedures and techniques
  • Making chemical solutions
  • General computer skills
  • Working both independently and with others in a highly collaborative team-based environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills

The specific responsibilities of the position include:
  • Ordering materials and supplies for the laboratory
  • Designing and optimizing laboratory procedures
  • Caring for Drosophila stocks and breeding
  • Conducting experiments; recording and analyzing results
  • Providing training on laboratory techniques
  • Supervising undergraduate researchers; managing common lab space and resources
  • Serving as a lab contact person for the different university offices (safety, etc.) and sales representatives
  • Preparation of ACUC and biosafety protocol applications, etc.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

Priority review of applications will begin Aug. 7, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physicians 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.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Licensure: None.

Preferred Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, neuroscience, or related scientific field.
  • The individual should be self-guided and creative in seeking possible solutions to experimental/design challenges at hand.

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 finger manipulation.

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