Laboratory Technician
Job ID: R0032374 | Classified - Lab & Research Techs and Specs | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Laboratory and Research Technician role provides career tracks for laboratory technicians, geological technicians and laboratory animal caretakers that perform a variety of laboratory and/or research tasks in support of research/teaching, clinical services, geological services, field research or a regulatory laboratory. Employees are responsible for a variety of standard procedures that range from routine to specialized in the areas of cleaning and decontamination; media preparation; performing standard/routine laboratory testing; sectioning and preparing rock and mineral samples for various mineralogical and laboratory analyses; preparing samples; assisting in autopsy, necropolis or routine surgical procedures; maintaining animal health and welfare; recording data; and operating and maintaining tools and equipment.

The Derré Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is seeking a Laboratory Technician to work on projects investigating the mechanisms supporting Chlamydia trachomatis infections.

Under the supervision of the PI, the incumbent will participate in laboratory projects involving a combination of microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, microscopy and small animals (mice) techniques. Research activity conducted includes, but is not limited to, maintenance of eukaryotic cell lines, generation and amplification of Chlamydia strains, general molecular biology techniques (cloning and sequence analysis, immuno-precipitation and Western blot), image acquisition of Chlamydia-infected cells or tissue by standard and confocal microscopy, image analysis using microscopy computer software, small animal (mice) handling and infection.

The successful candidate must have a BS degree in biological science.

Preferred skills include:
  • Some experience in a research laboratory.
  • Proficiency in molecular biology including, but not limited to, PCR amplification, Western blotting, plasmid construction and cloning.
  • Experience in cell culture and sterile microbiology techniques.
  • Experience in small animal handling.
  • Accuracy and attention to details.
  • Work concurrently on several projects and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated initiative in decision-making and problem solving.
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivation and eager to acquire new skills.

Minimum Requirement
  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: None.
  • Licensure: None.

The position will remain open until filled. This is a restricted position.

Physical Demands
Job requires standing for prolonged periods. Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull >20 lbs. May be exposed to fumes, chemicals, vibrations, humidity, cold, heat, noise, outdoor climate, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.


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Charlottesville, VA 22903

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