Jul 12, 2022

Child Health Research Center, Lab and Research Technician (Various Levels) University of Virginia

  • UVA Health System
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA

Job Description

The Child Health Research Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia is seeking applicants for a Lab Technician (Various Levels) to work in the laboratories of Drs. Ariel Gomez and Maria Luisa Sequeira-Lopez. The Lab Technician will work closely with the PIs and other lab members to support research projects that rely on a variety of mouse and cell culture models. The lab focuses on plasticity and fate of the renin cells, morphogenesis of the kidney, renal vascular development and disease.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• Perform a variety of experimental procedures (e.g. standard molecular biology, tissue processing, histochemical assays, bright-field and fluorescence microscopy).
• Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
• Prepare stock solutions and other reagents. Be available to assist other investigators in the lab as needed.
• Assist in maintaining the laboratory mouse colony (plan breeding schemes, setup and send samples for genotyping, maintain a database of all the animals in the colony) and planning and execution of experiments involving mice.
• Assist in collecting tissues from mice.
• Prepare/submit animal protocol revisions/modifications in accordance with IACUC policies.
• Participate in weekly lab meetings.
• Assist in monitoring laboratory equipment, ordering reagents and supplies, and in the general organization of the laboratory. Interact with scientific supplies and equipment vendors to determine appropriate products to purchase.
• Maintain adequate inventory of scientific supplies. Plan for future needs and purchases.
• Help train new lab members and visiting scientists and students.
• In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Required skills include:
• Ability to analyze and organize work procedures; plan and execute tasks or experiments; and interpret and report findings.
• Meticulous attention to detail and good organizational skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Excellent work ethic and above-average productivity.
• Flexible thinking and ability to learn new skills.
• Good math skills.
• Ability to work with and maintain a mouse colony.

A Laboratory and Research Technician 1 will focus on performing routine research tasks, developing skills, and assuming routine to moderately complex technical support for research projects. Work is standard and can be achieved with some degree of independence when following established protocols and procedures. Lab and Research Technician 2 will provide increasingly complex technical support for projects and engage in increasingly complex scientific experiments. Lab and Research Technician 2 will operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures.

Qualified candidates must have:

Lab 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.

Lab 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.

Preferred Experience includes:
• Processing and staining of mouse tissues, cell culture assays, flow cytometry, rodent-based assays, and/or maintenance of mouse colonies.
• Cell culture, and basic molecular biology (e.g.RNA and DNA isolation, qPCR) and biochemical techniques.
• Experience with GraphPad Prism, R, and/or other statistical software.

• Experience working with and maintaining a mouse colony.

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 Lab Specialist will report to Dr. Ariel Gomez.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits. This is a Non-Exempt level, benefited position.

Review of applicants will begin July 5, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

To Apply:
Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0037641".

Process for External Applicants: Please visit UVA job board at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search for “R0037641”.

Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV

  • Cover Letter

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A completed pre-employment health screen is required for this position prior to employment.

References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via Skill Survey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the application process, please contact Christi Maguire, Academic Recruiter, at clm8sd@virginia.edu

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.

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