Laboratory Specialist, Syed Lab, Department of Pediatrics (UVA)
Job ID: R0035902 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia's (VA) School of Medicine is seeking applicants for a Laboratory Specialist. This position will support the research of Sana Syed, MD, MS focusing on understanding gut structure and function in common pediatric GI diseases using machine learning and AI methods. The overarching goal of the Syed lab is to personalize diagnostic and treatment plans for pediatric patients suffering from chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disease by identifying better disease biomarkers and novel drug targets. Our ultimate vision is to be able to diagnose disease subtypes and predict future disease complications, allowing for individualized insights into specific disease associations. Details about the Syed lab and its work can be found at The UVA Department of Pediatrics and the UVA Children's Hospital share a common goal to enhance the health and well-being of children and families through collaborative medical care, education of professionals dedicated to pediatric healthcare, breakthrough research that improves lives, leadership and community service.

The successful candidate will:
  • Complete data entry, cleaning, analysis and presentation.
  • Perform digital slide analysis and annotation.
  • Prepare and write grant proposals and manuscripts.
  • Participate in conducting scientific experiments and performing technical simple wet lab assays, analyzing and assessing interpreting experimental results in the context of the medical field.
  • Maintain lab inventories.
  • Communicate with national and international collaborators.
  • Assist in the evaluation of research methods, procedures and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluate experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses.
  • Perform library and literature research.
  • Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
  • Assist in training other staff members on procedures.
  • In addition, other duties may be assigned.

Qualified candidates must have:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree. A degree in biology, chemistry or related science is preferred.
  • Experience: Three years of experience. Six years of experience accepted in lieu of degree. Experience gained as a student will be considered.
  • Preferred: Clinical/epidemiological research work, flexibility to travel to Pakistan, and proficiency in one local language (Urdu/Hindi). Flexibility to travel to Pakistan with the principal investigator. Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions.

Physical Demands:
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.

The Laboratory Specialist will report to Dr. Sana Syed. For additional information about the position, please contact Adam Greene, PhD, Research Program Manager at

The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022. This is a restricted, limited-term position for two years with the possibility of renewal dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. This is a non-exempt, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

This position will remain open until filled. This position will sponsor applicants for work visas. 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. This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

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