Laboratory Specialist, Department of Surgery
Job ID: R0034199 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Surgery seeks a Laboratory Specialist to support research in the laboratory of Dr. Melina Kibbe and Dr. Nick Tsihlis. The laboratory pursues basic science and translational research in the fields of vascular biology, biomedical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology and device development, among others. Located in Pinn Hall at the University of Virginia, the Kibbe-Tsihlis Lab consists of a multidisciplinary group where scientists and physicians work together to achieve a common goal.

Laboratory Specialist employees provide technical laboratory support by performing complex laboratory and research-related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Laboratory Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Laboratory Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Laboratory Specialist employees often train others on work processes and policies.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Specializing in laboratory and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to principal investigators and/or labs. Demonstrating expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Performing a variety of tests requiring a high degree of proficiency.
  • Assisting in evaluation of research methods, procedures and techniques based on established objectives.
  • May perform small animal surgery.
  • Providing basic assistance to researchers in transforming, computing and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluating experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses. Researching, compiling and maintaining complex statistical, numerical and computerized reports.
  • Performing library and literature research.
  • Explaining work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
  • Assisting in training other staff members on procedures.

In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

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.

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

Priority application review will begin June 20, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

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