Lab Specialist, Departments of Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering
Job ID: R0039060 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Lazzara Lab in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks applications for an open Lab Specialist position. The Lazzara Lab is a vibrant research community of eight full-time researchers focused on projects in the areas of cancer cell signaling and precision medicine for oncology.

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The Lab Specialist will engage primarily in laboratory research and will also assist the principal investigator in lab management. The specialist will perform tasks independently and have authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet research needs. The specialist may supervise support personnel and assist with managing budgets.

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Perform duties including helping the principal investigator and other laboratory members, coordinate research projects, perform experimental procedures, collect information and data, and prepare samples for analysis.
  • Participate in formulating and improving research methodologies and participate in data analysis and documentation.
  • Independently plan for the most efficient day-to-day use of time and lab resources to meet research goals.
  • Confer with the PI in developing plans for research projects, interpretation of results, and preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations.
  • Train users in equipment operation and research techniques.
  • Schedule and maintain records of lab equipment and facilities. Assist in lab safety compliance and ordering of laboratory supplies.
  • May supervise research support personnel and manage budgets.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Qualified candidates must have:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 6 years of experience in a lab technician role. Master's degree may substitute for required experience. 9 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the University's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspective and lived experiences.

For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Matthew Lazzara, Professor of Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, at

This position can involve extensive periods of time standing or seated at a laboratory bench while conducting experiments. The position also requires use of a keyboard and other manual tasks for typical lab work (e.g., use of pipets).

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

The anticipated start date is September 2022. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. Anticipated hiring range: $50,000 - $60,000, commensurate with education and experience. This is an exempt-level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

This position will remain open until filled. Review of applicants will begin September 15, 2022. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. 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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