Lab Specialist
Job ID: R0039554 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Kulkarni lab in the Department of Cell Biology, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, is seeking a Laboratory Specialist to work on experiments to model human diseases using frogs as a model organism. We utilize diverse techniques that include frog genetics, in vitro and natural fertilization, microdissections, microinjection, molecular cloning, in situ hybridization, tissue culture, immunofluorescence, protein immunoblotting, and various types of microscopy on live and/or fixed cells and embryos. The lab specialist will work closely with the PI and other lab members to complete tasks to support NIH-funded research and investigate the formation and function of cilia, which is essential for embryonic development and physiology.

The lab specialist will also be responsible for laboratory organization and maintenance. This includes training of other personnel, frog colony breeding and maintenance, genotyping, ordering and maintaining supplies and reagents, maintaining equipment, and assisting the PI with environmental health and safety compliance. The lab specialist should be able to work on an independent project. Thus, the position requires frequent use of the scientific literature and databases, appropriate data analysis including statistics, lab notebook and electronic data-keeping, clear communication, and clear data presentation.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 3 years of experience. 6 years of lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree or master's degree in biological sciences or related sciences.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in wet lab research in related science.
  • Molecular biology experience; work with animals, especially frogs; cell or tissue culture; cell transfection; microinjection; protein isolation and immunoblotting techniques; protein biochemistry; and microscopy.
  • Excellent work ethic and above-average productivity.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Flexible thinking and ability to learn new skills.
  • Personal ownership of complex project.
  • Working both independently and collaboratively.

Physical Demands:
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.

This position will remain open until filled. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. This is a non-exempt-level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

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