Senior Lab Specialist, Department of Surgery
Job ID: R0042664 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia seeks a Senior Lab Specialist to work in a laboratory doing translational cancer immunology research.

Lab Specialist – Senior employees apply highly developed subject matter expertise to laboratory research. They are distinguished from Lab Specialist – Intermediate employees in the complexity of their work and their responsibilities for staff management. They assist in the administration and coordination of the technical activities of a scientific research lab. Lab Specialist – Senior employees assist principal investigators or lab managers by performing the following tasks: designing research methodologies; managing research projects; developing and administering budgets and schedules; following established quality standards; and analyzing data and performance metrics. They ensure that standard operating procedures and protocols are maintained and applied. They employees may manage staff. They may co-author publications and co-present results with principal investigators.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Assisting faculty researchers and acting independently in the design of research projects, the development of methods and procedures, the preparation of research proposals, and the writing of research findings. Overseeing day-to-day operations of projects.
  • May supervise research activities and support personnel.
  • Assisting in formulating and implementing the short- and long-range goals for the operation of the lab. Projecting future needs and formulating strategies consistent with projections.
  • Key laboratory techniques to be performed will include tissue culture; T lymphocyte culture and stimulation; flow cytometry and cell sorting; PCR, DNA, and RNA extractions; ELISA assays; cell purification using beads; immunohistochemistry; western blot; and other molecular studies.
  • May perform research in mouse models.
  • May develop and implement lab policies and procedures. Managing and coordinating operational policies and procedures. Coordinating with research staff on issues which impact lab functions.
  • May act as liaison to other departments, divisions, or organizations.
  • Developing, designing, and conducting one or more small or moderately complex research projects or experiments in line with plan. Coordinating data collection and screening and verifying the data. Reviewing progress and evaluating results.
  • Developing protocols and criteria, determining interview procedures, and approving protocols.
  • Conducting analyses of data and interpreting and implementing research methodology based on outcomes of analyses.
  • Co-authoring publications and may co-present results with principal investigator at meetings or conferences.
  • Providing guidance as requested regarding hiring and training for technical personnel. Supervising, training, and instructing residents, interns, students, or other staff in lab techniques and procedures.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

For additional information about the position, please contact Craig Slingluff, MD ( or Ileana Mauldin, PhD (

Minimum requirements:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree. Master's degree or higher in related fields is preferred.
  • Experience: 9 years of experience in a lab technician role. May substitute with master's or terminal degree plus 4 years of experience in a lab technician role and supervisory experience. 12 years of lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree. Preferred experience and expertise in human cellular immunology, flow cytometry, immunology (especially cancer immunology), murine studies, analysis of gene expression data, programming in R or Python, and molecular analyses.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

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 and pre-employment health screenings on all new hires prior to employment. This is an exempt-level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

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