Lab Specialist
Job ID: R0043792 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Derré Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is seeking a Laboratory Specialist to work on projects investigating the mechanisms supporting Chlamydia trachomatis infections.

Under the supervision of the PI, the incumbent will participate in laboratory projects involving a combination of microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, microscopy, and small animals (mice) techniques. Research activity conducted includes, but is not limited to, maintenance of eukaryotic cell lines, generation and amplification of Chlamydia strains, general molecular biology techniques (cloning and sequence analysis, immuno-precipitation, and western blot), image acquisition of Chlamydia-infected cells or tissue by standard and confocal microscopy, image analysis using microscopy computer software, small animal (mice) handling, and infection.

Minimum Requirements:
  • 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 lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Additional preferred skills include:
  • Performing duties similar to Lab Specialist employees, such as helping principal investigators coordinate research projects, performing experimental procedures, collecting information and data, and preparing tissues and specimens for procedures.
  • Participating in formulating research methods, suggesting options for improving quality, and recommending solutions. Participating in computer database design, utilization, and research/data analyses, and suggesting future improvements to data measurement.
  • Overseeing day-to-day operation of projects. Scheduling and maintaining records of equipment/facilities. May be responsible for operations of specialized labs or research areas within departments and/or field work and related data analyses for research projects. May assemble, test, calibrate, clean, or make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Training users in equipment operation and research techniques. Explaining and demonstrating technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes.
  • Determining interview procedures and conducting interviews. Working independently on collection of data and analyzing research results.
  • Conferring with PIs in developing plans for research projects and discussing the interpretation of results and the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.
  • May supervise research support personnel and manage budgets.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

For further information about the position, please contact Jon Stafford via email at

The University of Virginia, established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, is recognized annually as one of the nation's top public institutions and the University of Virginia Medical Center is listed as one of America's Top Hospitals. Charlottesville is located in Central Virginia, 110 miles from Washington, DC and 70 miles from Richmond. It has been recognized as one of America's top cities to live, raise a family, conduct business, and retire. It has also been recognized as one of America's Top Green Cities. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains it is popular with outdoor enthusiasts with extensive opportunity for hiking, running, cycling, tennis, golf, and skiing.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physicians Group, is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspective and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.


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