Laboratory Specialist
Job ID: R0026003 | Laboratory Research | Full time | Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Research in Reproduction (CRR) has an opening for a Lab Specialist Intermediate due to retirement. This position provides assay services for investigators within UVa and NIH-supported investigators (both clinical and basic) across the country. The incumbent performs duties to include: data reduction and management, correspondence with investigators, billing for services. The individual will cross-train on the Core's equipment and be the primary operator of the Immulite 2000.

Tasks that applicant should consider as independent daily responsibilities:

1. Make independent decisions regarding reproductive research and daily activities, and ensure all research activities comply with research protocols and regulations.
2. Research background to forecast what supplies are needed to perform reproductive research activities for a specific period.
3. Incumbent document requests made from within and outside the University regarding research experiments and prioritize workload to ensure deadlines are met.
4. Independently triage, set deadlines, record, monitor, and run tests required, and follow protocols and guidelines.

Tasks that will be in consultation with Core Manager and Director:

1. Decisions made regarding assay schedules or other duties (e.g., data reduction, creating work lists, sample organization, billing) to be discussed with the Core Manager daily.
2. Troubleshoot assay issues with Core Director and/or Manager.
3. Decisions regarding evaluating new methods, data management, and long-term goals discussed with Core Director and/or Manager.

A qualified applicant would possess a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Chemistry, or Life Sciences and would preferably have the following knowledge or skills:

1. Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and practices.
2. Ability to perform high complexity assays, prepare reagents and use common lab equipment.
3. Ability to work accurately with attention to detail.
4. Ability to write reports in a professional and organized manner.
5. Ability to communicate with investigators, research coordinators, and Core staff.
6. Knowledge of University, state, federal policies, and regulations.
7. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

The Ligand Assay & Analysis Core within the CRR is a laboratory that provides assay services to clinical and basic scientists across the country. Employees that work in this environment will be subject to the following conditions/exposures:

1) Handling human blood samples (BSL2), radioactive (I-125), and hazardous chemical materials.
2) Operate various electrically powered lab equipment, including centrifuges, gamma counter, Immulites, beadwashers, plate washers, plate readers.
3) Walk/stand on concrete/tile floor.
4) Employees are required to receive an annual flu vaccination and must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Required Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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