Lab and Research Technician 2 or Lab Specialist, Pharmacology (Bayliss Lab)
Job ID: R0031911 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia seeks either a Lab and Research Technician 2 or a Lab Specialist (depending on qualifications) to assist investigators in the Bayliss Lab with experiments designed to investigate the cell and molecular biology and physiological function of brainstem respiratory neurons. The individual will predominantly be maintaining mouse colonies, performing molecular and histological assays, and performing rodent-based behavioral testing. The preferred candidate will be able to synthesize information, provide advice, and address needs independently.

Learn more about the Bayliss Lab:

The primary focus of the work may include, but is not limited to the following:

Experimental Work
  • Maintain mouse inventories (genotyping, husbandry, database management).
  • Perform standard molecular biology (transformation, plasmid preparation, mutagenesis, and sub-cloning).
  • Learn/implement cell culture approaches for preparation of viral constructs or recording.
  • 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).

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.

Ordering and Purchasing
  • Process purchases for the lab using UVA Marketplace.
  • Interact with vendors to determine appropriate products.


Lab and Research Technician 2
  • Education: Associate's degree.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of lab experience, which may include student experience. Bachelor's degree in related science will be considered in lieu of experience.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $15.25 - $19, commensurate with education and experience.

Lab Specialist
  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $17.50 - $21.75, commensurate with education and experience.

  • Master's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Four or more years of laboratory experience (which may include student experience) in an academic or industrial laboratory setting.
  • Knowledge of general lab procedures, basic safety precautions, and lab equipment.
  • Experience with a variety of cellular, molecular, and biochemical techniques.
  • Experience working with live animals in an academic biomedical research environment.
  • Experience with mouse husbandry and colony management.
  • Experience with histochemical approaches.
  • Experience with Filemaker, GraphPad PRISM, Adobe Acrobat, and Photoshop.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

This position can require 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.

This is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. 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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