Flow Cytometry Core Specialist
Job ID: R0030436 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Flow Cytometry Core Facility in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia is looking for a Flow Cytometry Core Specialist. The Flow Cytometry facility services multiple departments and operates state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology within the School of Medicine. We are looking for a team player with an understanding of flow cytometry and the ability to operate both analytical and sorting instrumentation for faculty and scientists using the Flow Cytometry Core Facility.

Flow Cytometry Expertise:
  • Must be able to independently operate analytical and cell sorter flow cytometers, while working with a wide range of clients and experiments.
  • Ability to operate all analytical flow cytometers. Experience with FACSCaliburs, Attune NxT, Imagestream MKII, Fortessa and Aurora analytical flow cytometers preferred. Knowledge of CyTOF mass spec cytometry a plus.
  • Independent operation of cell sorters. Experience on the BD Influx, BD Aria or Sony MA900 preferred.
  • Experience performing Luminex Bead-based assays and protocols a plus.

Customer Service:
  • Ability to assist clients with data analysis and interpretation using various software packages: FCSExpress, IDEAS, FlowJo, OMIQ, Astrolabe and other flow cytometry data analysis packages.
  • Assist clients with the design of flow cytometry experiments, including appropriate choice of instrumentation as well as fluorochromes appropriate for the experiment.

Instrument Maintenance:
  • Ability to perform daily and monthly QC on core instrumentation. Interpret and report deviations of QC. Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of core instrumentation.

Teaching and Education:
  • Assist Lab Director and staff in the delivery of flow cytometry training courses and workshops.
  • Plan and develop new technologies and new applications for flow cytometry.
  • Stay current with new technologies and developments in the flow community through research, attendance of conferences, and workshops.
  • Ability to effectively train and communicate with clients on the use of flow cytometry analyzers, cell sorters and data analysis interpretation.

General Lab Skills:
  • Perform calculations for preparation of lab solutions and reagents.
  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases and scientific applications.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, physics, biochemistry, immunology or appropriate related life science.
  • Experience: Total of 6 years of laboratory experience. 4 years of experience must be in flow cytometry data acquisition/analysis. 1 year of cell sorting experience preferred. Master's degree in related field may substitute for required experience. 9 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Licensure: SCYM certification preferred or expected within first year of hire.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. Priority review of applications will begin on December 3, 2021, but the positions will remain open until filled.

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 22903

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