Jul 12, 2022

Laboratory Specialist or Intermediate

  • UVA Health System
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA

Job Description

The Beirne B. Carter Center for Immunology Research and the Precision ImmunoMedicine (iPRIME) Initiative at the University of Virginia is seeking two highly motivated Laboratory Specialists or Intermediates to become key members of the Prominence-to-Preeminence (P2PE) STEM initiative titled "iPRIME: Immunology and Informatics for Precision ImmunoMedicine (iPRIME) in Cardiovascular Disease." In collaboration with the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing, and Data Science, the goal of implement Precision ImmunoMedicine (iPRIME) is to designate UVA as the premier location for targeting the immune system for research, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) using cutting-edge technology, advanced clinical imaging, and innovative, sophisticated artificial intelligence.


  • Confer with PI and other investigators and staff regularly to determine project goals.
  • Assist with planning and execution of experiments to obtain data for stated project goals, including communication and coordination with the Clinical Research Coordinator for patient sample delivery and processing,
    • Processing of human samples will require careful sterile lab techniques, and compliance with University, Federal, and State policies and procedures.
    • Part of the sample processing includes production and delivery of sample collection kits, which includes transport of samples from hospital labs and/or operating rooms.
  • Develop and maintain accurate inventories of patient samples, along with comprehensive and accurate database of patient flow cytometry results .
  • Maintain inventory of antibodies and lab supplies and order supplies as needed.
  • Prepare buffers and solutions as needed for experiments.
  • Provide routine maintenance on lab equipment and lab.
  • Analyze experimental results using various software and generate plots, tables and graphs of data.
  • Employ state-of-the art Flow Cytometry techniques to test and verify optimal staining procedures for human hematopeoetic cells. Assist in the analysis and interpretation of results with PI and other investigators.
  • Ensure all sample handling and data acquisition are done in accordance with institutional IRB, HIPPA and Biosafety regulations.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

The selected candidates will be expected to communicate respectfully and clearly with laboratory members and help seek possible solutions to laboratory challenges at hand. Applicants should also have a strong background in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

Preference will be given to those with experience in Flow Cytometry Optimization but training in all core duties will be provided to the selected applicants.

To be considered, all applicants should have prior laboratory experience and champion a high level of integrity and attention to detail in documentation and all lab work.

Minimum Requirements for Lab Specialist:

Education: Bachelor's degree.

Experience: Three years of experience, which may include student experience. Six years of experience accepted in lieu of degree. Experience gained as a student may be considered. The individual should be self-guided and creative in seeking possible solutions to experimental/design challenges at hand and have strong communication skills.

Minimum Requirements for Lab Specialist Intermediate:

Education: Bachelor's degree.

Experience: Six years of experience in a lab technician role. Master's degree may substitute for required experience. Nine years of experience accepted in lieu of degree. Experience gained as a student may be considered. The individual should be self-guided and creative in seeking possible solutions to experimental/design challenges at hand and have strong communication skills.

These are restricted positions; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

Priority application review will begin February 4, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.


Please apply through Workday at the following URL, https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs, and search for requisition # R0032546 Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile and search “Find Jobs,” and search for requisition # R0032546. Complete an application online and attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Professional reference list

The successful candidates will pass a criminal background check and pre-employment health screening. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Michelle Williams, Senior Recruiter/Faculty Search Advisor, at mew8js@virginia.edu.

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