Laboratory and Research Technician 1 or 2
Job ID: R0041506 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Ferris Lab in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at the University of Virginia's School of Medicine is seeking candidates for a Laboratory and Research Technician level 1 or 2. Primary duties include genotyping of mice; performing laboratory tasks such as western blotting, tissue culture, cloning, and PCR; and assisting lab personnel with routine experiments. The incumbent will assist in the maintenance of the mouse colony under the supervision of the colony manager.

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. Lab and Research Technician 2 employees provide increasingly complex technical support for projects and may engage in increasingly complex scientific experiments. May handle more sophisticated administrative and logistical tasks. Lab and Research Technician 2 employees operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Performing duties such as setting up and performing experiments of a repetitive nature, as well as preparing culture media, chemicals, reagents, and solutions as instructed.
  • At direction of principal investigator or senior staff, performing molecular biology and cell culture experiments and analyses.
  • Participating in research involving experiments with animals, to include care and feeding, cage cleaning and sanitization, weaning, and observation during postoperative or treatment periods.
  • Performing genotyping of mice.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Laboratory and Research Technician 1:
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications for Laboratory and Research Technician 2:
  • 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.

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.

This position will remain open until filled. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A pre-employment health screening will also be required.

For additional information about the position, please contact Heather Ferris, MD at

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