Lab Specialist, Culver Lab (UVA)
Job ID: R0036160 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism and the University of Virginia's (UVA) School of Medicine seek applications for a Lab Specialist to work with Silas Culver, MD. This position is responsible for assisting in the development, design, and execution of basic science research projects that utilize molecular techniques such as gel preps, western blot, tissue preparations for electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and tissue staining, as well as use of in vivo mouse models and in vitro cell culture models. In addition, the position will involve statistical analysis, graph production, poster creations, and research paper writing for grants and presentations. The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to articulate information to investigators and other research team members.

The successful candidate will also be expected to:
  • Submit document requests made from within and outside the University regarding research experiments and prioritize workload to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Triage, set deadlines, record, monitor, run required tests, and follow protocols and guidelines.
  • Be responsible for laboratory organization and maintaining equipment.
  • Confer with PI in developing plans for research projects, discuss the interpretation of results, and assist with the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.
  • Participate in formulating research methods, suggesting options for improving quality and recommending solutions.
  • 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.
  • Assist in the evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Perform studies with rodents that include metabolic evaluation, assessment of renal function, and minor surgery.
  • Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software.
  • Evaluate experiment results using statistical analyses.
  • Research, compile, and maintain complex statistical, numerical, and computerized reports.
  • Perform library and literature research as necessary.
  • 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.

Qualified candidates must have:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree; preference of bachelor's degree in biomedical/biological sciences or similar.
  • Experience: Three years of experience in a basic science laboratory. Six years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Required Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and practices.
  • Ability to accurately prepare solutions and reagents.
  • Ability to follow set policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work accurately and independently with attention to detail.
  • Ability to write reports in a professional and organized manner.
  • Ability to plan and execute tasks or experiments in a timely manner.
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate/interact with investigators and other core staff on a daily basis.
  • Knowledge and ability to execute routine laboratory procedures, including sterile technique, pipetting, using a fume hood, etc.
  • Familiarity with common computing software Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook).

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.

The Lab Specialist will report directly to the principal investigator of the lab. For additional information about the position, please contact Silas Culver, MD at

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated hiring range: $40,000 - $46,000, commensurate with education and experience. This is a non-exempt-level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

This position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A completed pre-employment health screen is required for this position prior to employment.

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