Lab Technician 2
Job ID: R0044096 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Cliffe Lab in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is seeking a Laboratory Technician, level 2 to work on projects investigating herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in neurons and mechanisms of latent infection. The lab technician will work closely with the PI to use virology, molecular biology, and cell biology techniques to study gene regulation during HSV reactivation from latency. Research activities will include, but not be limited to, propagating and titrating virus stocks, routine tissue culture, general molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid isolation, RT-PCR), and animal work. The lab technician will also be responsible for laboratory maintenance. This includes training of other personnel, maintaining mouse colonies, ordering supplies, preparing stock solutions, organizing and maintaining virus stocks, and assisting the PI with environmental health and safety compliance. This position also includes support activities, such as maintenance of cell lines and preparation of reagents for the laboratory, management of safety training and records, and the training of undergraduate and graduate researchers.

Responsibilities can include:
  • The incumbent will attend weekly meetings with the principal investigator to discuss experimental results, conduct literature searches, and present results in lab meetings.
  • The incumbent works under supervision, independently and ethically; documents all research data appropriately; and assists other members of the lab.
  • Assisting in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Assisting in training other staff members on procedures.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements
  • Education: BS degree in biology or a related field.
  • Experience: One year of laboratory experience, which may include experience gained while a student. Bachelor's degree in related science will be considered in lieu of experience.

Preferred Requirements
  • Experience: Preference will be given to candidates with experience in a virology lab working with primary neurons, animal work, and experience with tissue culture techniques. Preference will also be give to candidates with attention to detail in experimental work and recordkeeping, ability to handle multiple assignments, self-motivation, and eagerness to acquire new skills.

Before a formal offer of employment is extended, the selected candidate will undergo a background check per University policy. This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding. This position will remain open until filled.

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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