Lab Specialist
Job ID: R0042088 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Zimmer laboratory at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has an opening for a laboratory specialist in the field of molecular biology. Our group studies how cells produce carbohydrate-based surface structures that aid in tissue biogenesis, cell wall formation, or encapsulation. We use a broad spectrum of model systems, including vertebrate, microbial, and plant systems to gain structural and functional insights into polysaccharide biosynthesis and secretion systems.

The successful candidate will join a diverse and highly motivated team of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and laboratory specialists. Routine tasks will include cloning, protein expression in bacterial and eukaryotic expression systems, protein purification, functional characterizations, and sample preparation for structural analyses. The new laboratory specialist will work on an independent research project, while interfacing closely with other group members.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the position, as well as contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on November 15th, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Specialize in lab and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to principal investigators and/or labs. Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Perform a variety of tests requiring a high degree of proficiency.
  • Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • May perform small animal surgery.
  • Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluate experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses. Research, compile, and maintain complex statistical, numerical, and computerized reports.
  • Perform library and literature research.
  • Assist in instructing lab academic sections in lab methods, procedures, and safety.
  • Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
  • Assist in training other staff members on procedures.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned

  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree. At least two years of laboratory experience in molecular biology is required. Additional expertise in glycobiology or structural biology is advantageous but not required.

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.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check and health screen prior to their first day of employment per University policy.

This is a restricted position and continuation is dependent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Priority application review will begin November 15th, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

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