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University of Virginia Laboratory Specialist in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, seeks a Laboratory Specialist to work in the laboratory of Dr. Chia-Yi Kuan. This position oversees the mouse colony and genotyping works, and provide histological and small animal surgery assistance to the research team. This position also involves laboratory management and administrative regulations, and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

A Bachelor's degree with at least three years of laboratory experience, which may include experience gained while a student, is required. A more advanced degree in in Biochemistry or Neuroscience is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Must be familiar with animal handling and general chemistry research methods.

  2. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding.

This position will remain open until filled.

TO APPLY:

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: please apply through Workday at the following URL, https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs , and search for requisition # R0005260. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for requisition # R0005260. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

Lab Specialist employees provide technical lab support by performing complex lab and research related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Lab Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Lab Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Lab Specialist employees often train others on work processes and policies. Responsibilities can include:

  • Specialization in lab and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to Principal Investigators and/or labs. Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Perform a variety of tests requiring high degree of proficiency.

  • Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.

  • May perform small animal surgery.

  • Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluate experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses. Research, compile, and maintain complex statistical, numerical, and computerized reports.

  • Perform library and literature research.

  • Assist in instructing lab academic sections in lab methods, procedures, and safety.

  • Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.

  • Assist in training other staff members on procedures.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education: A Bachelor's degree is required. A more advanced degree in in Biochemistry or Neuroscience is preferred.

Experience: At least three years of laboratory experience, which may include experience gained while a student, is required. The Successful Candidate must be familiar with animal handling and general chemistry research methods and must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

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 finer finger manipulation.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s 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.

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment. Two centuries later, Jefferson’s vision thrives. Across Grounds - and throughout the world - UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good.

The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools and affiliated foundations in Charlottesville plus the College at Wise in Southwest Virginia.

The University of Virginia Health System is a renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders and discovering new and better ways to treat diseases. The University's Medical Center, School of Medicine and Physicians Group are recognized for their excellence in patient care, education and research.

At UVA, we offer a rich collection benefits, which have long been recognized and valued for their comprehensiveness and competitiveness in the market. In addition to a robust array of traditional benefits such as health care, time off, and retirement, UVA offers a comprehensive list of benefits and services to help staff and faculty meet their personal and family needs.

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