Lab Specialist
Engineering Systems and Environment
Job ID: R0027658 | Laboratory Research | Full time | Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia's Department of Engineering Systems and Environment seeks applicants for a Lab Specialist. The Lab Specialist will support in-laboratory and field-based education and research, as well as facility management for the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment.

The Lab Specialist will include basic preservation strategies for laboratory facilities such as repair, maintenance and upgrades of laboratory equipment, fabrication of special-use laboratory equipment and test fixtures, preparing experimental setups in collaboration with researchers, participation in field research activities, maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies for teaching and research. In addition to these laboratory focused activities, additional duties may include moving equipment, supplies, and furniture between laboratories, oversee laboratory maintenance, coordinate with UVA Facilities Management for departmental, order supplies and equipment, assist with field research activities, and manage hazardous waste and radioactive materials used in laboratories.


  • Bachelor's degree with 6 years of experience in a lab role is required. Master's degree may substitute for required experience. 9 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree or Associate's or vocational/technical school degree in a related engineering field.
  • Must have computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and laboratory instrument control.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis and more than 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Prior experience in civil, mechanical, or environmental engineering testing and associated laboratory equipment is preferred.
  • Experience with hydraulic and servo-hydraulic systems, dust and vapor contact, and electro-mechanical repair and troubleshooting is preferred.
  • Preference for experience with machine shop equipment including welding, cutting and grinding of metals to fabricate various tools and equipment.
  • Experience with electronics testing, repair, and maintenance is a plus.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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