Genomics Research Lab Specialist - Intermediate
Job ID: R0030618 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
Lab Specialist – Intermediate employees engage in laboratory research by performing complex lab and research-related tasks. They are distinguished from Lab Specialist employees by their additional responsibilities related to developing, designing and conducting increasingly complex research projects. They perform complex tasks independently. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They may supervise support personnel and manage budgets.

The Biology Department is seeking a Genomics Lab Specialist – Intermediate for its Sequencing Facility. The Lab Specialist – Intermediate is responsible for all scientific operations and facility management aspects required to run the facility. The Lab Specialist Intermediate will have primary responsibility for all technical laboratory duties required to perform sequencing reactions in our facility and to advise about and/or prepare for sequencing-based experiments submitted to external facilities.

Duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Training facility users in genomic technologies, preparing and evaluating DNA/cDNA sequencing libraries.
  • Performing next-gen and Sanger sequencing.
  • Integrating these activities with Biology laboratories and external facilities.
  • Purchasing and maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Creation and implementation of facility operating policies and procedures.
  • Oversight of the facility's operating budget and the marketing of facility services to prospective clients.

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: 6 years of experience in a lab technician role. Master's degree may substitute for required experience. 9 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Licensure: None.

Preferred Experience:
  • A strong background in molecular biology laboratory methods and techniques.
  • The ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing with researchers and clientele.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with scientists and other facility users.
  • Computer literacy, including some experience with DNA sequence data and related web-based applications.

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.

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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