Laboratory Technician 1 - BIOL - Bergland
Job ID: R0031535 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
Lab and Research Technician 1 employees focus on performing routine research tasks and developing skills. They assume routine to moderately complex technical support for research projects. Work is routine and can be performed with some degree of independence when following established protocols and procedures. Lab and Research Technician 1 employees perform tasks as assigned by supervisor.

The Bergland Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia is looking to hire a Lab and Research Technician 1 to assist in ecological and evolutionary genetics research. Current projects in the lab include the genetics and physiology of rapid adaptation over seasonal time scales and adaptive evolution of reproductive investment. Work in the lab incorporates field sampling and laboratory experimentation with Drosophila and Daphnia, population genetic analysis and public outreach. The technician will assist with ongoing research projects as well as day-to-day lab management.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, ordering materials and supplies, maintenance of laboratory Drosophila stocks, training and management of undergraduate work study students, DNA and RNA extractions, performing phenotyping assays, data management and assisting with field collections of local Drosophila samples. We seek an enthusiastic individual who works well with others and has a willingness to learn and take on new challenges. Motivated individuals will also have the opportunity to participate in supervised, independent research projects. This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility for a one-year renewal contingent upon performance.

This full-time position will remain open until filled.

This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding.

Anticipated start date is late spring, early summer 2022.

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physicians Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in biology or similar field, experience with research (independent or supervised research preferred; course-based research minimum) strongly preferred.
  • Experience: At least 1 year of lab experience, which may include student experience. Bachelor's degree will be considered in lieu of experience. Experience working with Drosophila or other insect/invertebrate systems preferred. Experience with field work preferred. Evidence of written and verbal scientific communication skills preferred.
  • 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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