Laboratory Specialist, Senior (Staff Wage)
Job ID: R0036688 | Laboratory Research | Part Time | Charlottesville, VA

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia is seeking a part-time laboratory specialist position to support the research of Dr. Patricio Ray. The laboratory specialist will assist Dr. Ray, supporting his laboratory that is pursuing research studies to improve the lives of children with renal diseases. This position will support, laboratory and core facilities in the MR-4 research building, as well as clinical research facilities in the Battle Building.

Lab Specialist Senior employees apply highly developed subject matter expertise to laboratory research. They are distinguished from Lab Specialist Intermediate employees in the complexity of their work and their responsibilities for staff management. They assist in the administration and coordination of the technical activities of a scientific research lab. Lab Specialist Senior employees assist Principal Investigators or Lab Managers by performing the following tasks: designing research methodologies, managing research projects, developing and administering budgets and schedules, following established quality standards, and analyzing data and performance metrics. They ensure that standard operating procedures and protocols are maintained and applied. The employees may manage staff. They may co-author publications and co-present results with Principal Investigators.

  • Assist faculty researchers and act independently in the design of research projects, the development of methods and procedures, the preparation of research proposals, and the writing of research findings. Oversee day-to-day operations of projects.
  • May supervise research activities and support personnel.
  • Assist in formulating and implementing the short- and long-range goals for the operation of the lab. Project future needs and formulates strategies consistent with projections.
  • May develop and implement lab policies and procedures. Manage and coordinate operational policies and procedures. Coordinate with research staff on issues that impact lab functions.
  • May act as liaison to other departments, divisions or organizations.
  • Develop, design, and conduct one or more small or moderately complex research projects or experiments in line with the plan. Coordinate data collection and screening and verify the data. Review progress and evaluate results.
  • Develop protocols and criteria, determine interview procedures, and approve protocols.
  • Conduct analyses of data and interpret and implement research methodology based on outcomes of analyses.
  • Co-author publications and may co-present results with Principal Investigator at meetings or conferences.
  • Provide guidance as requested regarding hiring and training for technical personnel. Supervise, train, and instruct 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 which 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: . (FSAKA)

Questions related to the application process may be directed to Keith Johnson, HR Specialist at

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 University of Virginia 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 finer finger manipulation.

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