Laboratory Technician 1 or 2
Job ID: R0032616 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a Laboratory Technician 1 or 2 to work in the laboratory of Owen Pornillos. Our group is an interdisciplinary team that studies the fundamental mechanisms of HIV-1 replication, HIV/host interactions and cellular anti-viral defense.

Working under the direct day-to-day supervision of the PI or a senior scientist in the lab, the successful applicant is expected to provide experimental support of NIH-funded projects as needed. Primary experimental duties will include: (1) cloning, plasmid construction and production; (2) propagation of bacterial cultures for large-scale recombinant protein overexpression; (3) propagation and maintenance of insect cell lines for large-scale protein expression with the baculovirus system; and (4) maintenance and propagation of mammalian cell lines, including basic cell biology work. Additional duties include general laboratory support (housekeeping, laboratory waste management). You will be expected to provide daily updates on the status and progress of your work and maintain a detailed laboratory notebook.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Performing similar duties to Lab and Research Aide, such as collecting specimens; setting up and performing experiments of a repetitive nature; and preparing culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions as instructed.
  • At direction of principal investigator or senior staff, performing biological, hematological, chemical or physical analysis.
  • Participating in research or clinical work involving treatment operations and experiments with animals, to include care and feeding, cage cleaning and sanitization, and observation during postoperative or treatment periods.
  • May perform some surgical procedures on small lab animals.
  • Preparing support materials, comparing and assisting with analyses of data and write reports, and assisting with literature reviews.
  • Operating, adjusting and maintaining specific scientific apparatuses and instruments. Ordering lab supplies and maintaining inventory.
  • Recording accurate information and logs of experimental data.
  • Keeping informed of new lab techniques.
  • Providing routine, technical and administrative support to research projects.
  • May contact and coordinate schedules with study subjects, handle information intake and record and track results. May provide logistical support to the study.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Laboratory Technician 1 Minimum Requirements:
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience: At least 1 year of lab experience, which may include student experience. Bachelor's degree will be considered in lieu of experience. Proficiency and working knowledge of the fundamentals of biochemistry will be required.

Laboratory Technician 2 Minimum Requirements:
  • Education: Associate's degree.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of lab experience, which may include student experience. Bachelor's degree in related science will be considered in lieu of experience. Proficiency and working knowledge of the fundamentals of biochemistry will be required.
  • Preferred Education: Master's degree in biomedical sciences.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. Priority review of applications will begin March 2, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidates will pass a criminal background check and pre-employment health screening.

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