Lab Specialist, Family Medicine
Job ID: R0034243 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia seeks a highly motivated Lab Specialist to conduct exciting clinical research projects on studying colon cancer risks. The Lab Specialist plays an important role working with the principal investigators and research staff to plan, implement and evaluate clinical and population research projects.

Lab Specialist employees provide technical lab support by performing high-quality lab and clinical research-related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Lab Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Lab Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Lab Specialist employees often train others on work processes and policies.

  • 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. Perform a variety of tests requiring a high degree of proficiency.
  • Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Recruit, screen and enroll study participants who meet research criteria. Collect demographic and lifestyle information through scripted interviews and answer general questions.
  • Obtain informed consent from study participants and maintain telephone contact. Notify principal investigator and supervisor of subject status.
  • Collect and enter subject data into clinical database (e.g., REDCap), and manage the clinical database while adhering to proper research protocols. Keep complete logs and track participants.
  • Maintain more than ten -80°C freezers by conducting daily check and regular maintenance, and arrange service and repair. Maintain laboratory supplies inventory.
  • Process and prepare laboratory bio-specimens according to research needs (e.g., taking aliquots using pipettes). Ship laboratory specimens across institutions on dry ice. Keep bio-specimen catalogs.
  • Submit study protocols and amendments, consent forms and recruiting materials to the Institutional Review Board and department for approval with oversight from the supervisor.
  • Coordinate with principal investigator and school, department and central administration to help ensure that research activities are performed in accordance with federal regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic assistance in analyzing data and preparing reports/graphs using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.). Being able to analyze study data using different statistical software (R, SAS, SPSS, etc.) and to compile and maintain complex statistical reports is a plus.
  • Perform library and literature research.
  • 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.

  • A bachelor's degree and 3 years of experience or 6 years of experience in lieu of a degree.
  • One year of working experience in laboratory research setting or in a similar role, which may include student experience. Having additional patient-oriented/clinical research experience is preferred.
  • Ability to multitask and be well organized, both cooperatively and independently.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems.
  • Ability to work accurately and with attention to detail.
  • Proficient keyboarding skills.
  • Proficient in basic laboratory skills (e.g., pipetting, aliquoting, dry ice shipping).
  • Ability to sort, compile and manage data. Working knowledge of managing clinical databases (e.g., REDCap) is preferred.
  • Basic data analysis skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.). Advanced data analysis skills and working knowledge of statistical software (R, SAS, SPSS, etc) are plusses.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large volumes of information.
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to learn new information under supervision of others.
  • Ability to work with diverse community of people.
  • Ability to relate to people in a wide variety of professional levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn the organization, policies and procedures associate with clinical research.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

For additional information about the position, please contact Sarah Creef Baugher at

Physical Demands:
  • The ability to be in a stationary position for long period of time on certain days.
  • The ability to travel for occasional meetings across grounds.
  • The ability to use hands and fingers in a laboratory setting.
  • The ability to work prolonged hours in some circumstances.
  • The ability to frequently transport up to 20 pounds unassisted.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

The anticipated start date is spring or early summer 2022. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $40,000-$45,000, 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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