Lab Specialist
Dwyer Lab
Job ID: R0015683 | Laboratory Research | Full time | Charlottesville, VA

The Dwyer Lab in the Department of Cell Biology, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, is seeking a Lab Specialist to work on experiments to understand normal and abnormal brain development, utilizing molecular biology, mouse genetics, cell culture, immunocytochemistry, and microscopy. The incumbent will work closely with the PI and other lab members to complete tasks to support NIH-funded research and investigate how neural stem cells divide to produce neurons, and the function of cytoskeletal proteins during cell division and cell shape changes.


The Lab Specialist will also be responsible for laboratory maintenance. This includes maintaining mouse colonies, genotyping, ordering and maintaining supplies, preparing stock solutions, maintaining equipment, training of other personnel, and assisting the PI with environmental health and safety compliance. The position requires appropriate data analysis including statistics, lab notebook and electronic data keeping, and clear data presentation. Knowledge of PCR, Molecular Biology, Microscopy, Tissue Sectioning, Cell Culture, Immunoblotting and Animal Husbandry is preferred.


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a related field, is required. Major or minor in a biomedical science is preferred.

  • A minimum of three years of laboratory experience is required.
  • Preferred experience includes PCR, molecular biology, mouse husbandry, tissue culture, immunoblotting, biochemistry, and microscopy techniques.
  • The successful applicant will demonstrate history of: 1) excellent work ethic and above average productivity; 2) meticulous attention to detail; 3) functioning collaboratively.
  • Additional requirements include attention to detail in experimental work and record keeping, ability to handle multiple assignments, working with others, self-motivation and eagerness to acquire new skills.

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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