Lab Specialist in Pharmacology, Beenhakker Lab
Job ID: R0032595 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA

The Beenhakker Lab in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia seeks a laboratory specialist to assist investigators with experiments designed to resolve how brain circuits drive behavior and disease. The individual will predominantly maintain mouse colonies, perform molecular and histological assays, work with brain slices and perform rodent-based behavioral testing. Experimental techniques may include PCR, RNA/DNA preparation and manipulation, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry and in situ hybridization, plethysmography and blood chemistry analyses. Skill sets in molecular biology, histochemistry and mouse physiology are desired. The incumbent must be able to provide complex technical support for projects, engage in complex scientific experiments, handle complex administrative and logistical tasks and operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures.


What you will do:

Experimental Work:
  • Maintain mouse inventories (genotyping, husbandry and database management).
  • Perform standard molecular biology (transformation, plasmid preparation, mutagenesis and sub-cloning).
  • Learn/implement approaches for preparation of viral constructs.
  • Perform a variety of experimental procedures and assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures and techniques based on established objectives (e.g., behavioral assays, histochemical assays).
  • Assist with data analysis.

Laboratory Maintenance and General Duties:
  • Maintain a clean laboratory area and assist with overall laboratory maintenance.
  • Make buffers and other reagents.
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook.
  • Be available to assist principal investigators as needed.

Ordering and Purchasing:
  • Process purchases for the lab using the UVA Marketplace.
  • Interact with vendors to determine appropriate products.
  • Return damaged or incorrect items.

Learn more about the Beenhakker Lab at:



  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • At least 3 years of lab experience; 6 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Experience with a variety of cellular, molecular and biochemical techniques.
  • Previous experience working with rodent models.
  • Ability to synthesize information, provide advice and address needs independently.
  • Knowledge of general lab procedures, basic safety precautions and lab equipment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and statistical/bioinformatics analyses.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with laboratory experience working with live animals in an academic biomedical research environment, and knowledge of GMouse, Filemaker, GraphPad and/or other statistical software.


This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding.


Anticipated Hiring Rage: $40,000 - 45,000 annual ($19.23 - $21.63/hour).

Salary will be commensurate with education, skills and experience.


The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment and a health screening per University policy.


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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 finer finger manipulation.

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