Lab Specialist, Senior
Job ID: R0030597 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is seeking a Senior Laboratory Specialist. This position is located in the NIH-funded Hematology Research lab of Adam N. Goldfarb, MD and will involve participation in team-based development of novel therapeutic approaches. The relevant projects have been supported by long-term NIH funding and have resulted in several prominent publications.

Senior Lab Specialist employees apply highly developed subject matter expertise to laboratory research. They are distinguished from Lab Specialist – Intermediate employees in the complexity of their work and their responsibilities of staff management. Assist in the administration and coordination of the technical activities of a scientific research lab. Senior Lab Specialist employees assist principal investigators or lab managers by performing the following tasks: designing research methodologies, managing research projects, developing and administering budgets and schedules, following established quality standards, and analyzing data and performance metrics. They ensure that standard operating procedures and protocols are maintained and applied. They may manage staff. They may co-author publications and co-present results with principal investigators.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Assisting faculty researchers and acting independently in the design of research projects, the development of methods and procedures, the preparation of research proposals, and the writing of research findings. Overseeing day-to-day operations of projects.
  • May supervise research activities and support personnel.
  • Assisting in formulating and implementing the short- and long-range goals for the operation of the lab. Projecting future needs and formulating strategies consistent with projections.
  • May develop and implement lab policies and procedures. Managing and coordinating operational policies and procedures. Coordinating with research staff on issues that impact lab functions.
  • May act as liaison to other departments, divisions or organizations.
  • Developing, designing and conducting one or more small or moderately complex research projects or experiments in line with plan. Coordinating data collection and screening and verifying the data. Reviewing progress and evaluating results.
  • Developing protocols and criteria, determining interview procedures and approving protocols.
  • Conducting analyses of data and interpreting and implementing research methodology based on outcomes of analyses.
  • Co-authoring publications and may co-present results with principal investigator at meetings or conferences.
  • Providing guidance as requested regarding hiring and training for technical personnel. Supervising, training and instructing residents, interns, students or other staff in lab techniques and procedures.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

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

Priority review of applications will begin on December 12, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 9 years of experience in a lab technician role. May substitute with master's or terminal degree plus 4 years of experience in a lab technician role and supervisory experience. 12 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

For additional information about the position, please contact Adam Goldfarb, M.D., via email at


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