Lab Specialist, Department of Neuroscience
Job ID: R0033492 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Virginia is seeking a Lab Specialist to join the lab of Dr. Scott Zeitlin. The Zeitlin lab uses mouse models to study Huntington's disease pathogenesis with a hope to find a cure for this neurodegenerative disease. The lab specialist will work closely with the PI and other lab members, as well as independently, to complete experiments. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with mice, PCR genotyping, protein isolation and immunoblotting, tissue sectioning and immunohistochemistry.

This position can require 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 qualified candidate will have excellent work ethic, strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. The incumbent should also be self-motivated and meticulous and possess strong attention to detail.

Job Responsibilities Include:

Experimental Work:

Maintain transgenic mouse colony (genotyping, husbandry, database management) and perform behavior testing. Learn and perform a variety of experimental procedures including, but not limited to, tissue harvesting and preparation, tissue sectioning and immunohistochemistry, protein isolation, immunoprecipitation and western blotting. Assist with data analysis. Maintain a detailed laboratory notebook.

Laboratory Maintenance and General Duties:
Maintain a clean laboratory area, lab equipment and adequate inventory of lab supplies. Make buffers and other reagents. Assist the PI with environmental health and safety compliance.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

Priority review of applications will begin on March 25, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology, chemistry or related field.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience in wet lab research; experience gained as a student may be considered. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

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.

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