Laboratory Specialist, Senior (Staff Wage)
Job ID: R0042805 | Laboratory Research | Part Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism at the University of Virginia seeks a Senior Lab Specialist wage position to work under the supervision of Dr. Rita and Andy Basu's lab. Senior Lab Specialist employees apply highly developed subject matter expertise to laboratory research. This position is responsible for assisting in the development, design, and execution of basic science research projects that utilize molecular techniques such as gel preps, western blot, tissue preparations for electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and tissue staining, as well as the use of in vivo mouse models and in vitro cell culture models. In addition, the position will involve statistical analysis, graph production, poster creation, and research paper writing for grants and presentations. The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to articulate information to investigators and other research team members. Other duties include, but not limited to:
  • Assisting faculty researchers and acting independently in the design of research projects, the development of methods and procedures, the preparation of research proposals, and the writing of research findings. Overseeing day-to-day operations of projects.
  • May supervise research activities and support personnel.
  • Assisting in formulating and implementing the short- and long-range goals for the operation of the lab. Projecting future needs and formulating strategies consistent with projections.
  • May develop and implement lab policies and procedures. Managing and coordinating operational policies and procedures. Coordinating with research staff on issues that impact lab functions.
  • May act as liaison to other departments, divisions, or organizations.
  • Developing, designing, and conducting one or more small or moderately complex research projects or experiments in line with plan. Coordinating data collection and screening and verifying the data. Reviewing progress and evaluating results.
  • Developing protocols and criteria, determining interview procedures, and approving protocols.
  • Conducting analyses of data and interpreting and implementing research methodology based on outcomes of analyses.
  • Co-authoring publications and may co-present results with principal investigator at meetings or conferences.
  • Providing guidance as requested regarding hiring and training for technical personnel. Supervising, training, and instructing residents, interns, students, or other staff in lab techniques and procedures.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

This is a wage position that is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will require an education verification and health screen. Please refer to the Health Screen Policy:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 9 years of experience in a lab technician role. May substitute with master's or terminal degree plus 4 years of experience in a lab technician role and supervisory experience. 12 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Licensure: None.

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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