Jul 12, 2022

Lab Specialist, Culver Lab (UVA)

  • UVA Health System
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA

Job Description

The Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism and the University of Virginia’s (UVA) School of Medicine seeks applications for a Lab Specialist to work with Silas Culver, MD. This position is responsible for developing, designing, and conducting increasingly complex research projects including molecular techniques, gel preps, tissue preparations for electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and staining, statistical analysis, graph production, poster creations, and research paper writing for grants and presentations. The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to articulate information to investigators and other research team members.

The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Submit document requests made from within and outside the University regarding research experiments and prioritize workload to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Triage, set deadlines, record, monitor, and run tests required, and follow protocols and guidelines.

  • Responsible for laboratory organization and maintaining equipment.

  • Confer with PI in developing plans for research projects and discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.

  • Participate in formulating research methods, suggesting options for improving quality, and recommending solutions.

  • Specialize 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 a high degree of proficiency.

  • Assist in the 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.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Qualified candidates must have:

Education: Bachelor's degree, preference of Bachelor’s degree in biomedical/biological sciences or similar.

Experience: Three years of experience. Six years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and practices.

  • Ability perform high complexity assays, accurately prepare solutions and reagents.

  • Ability to follow set policies and procedures.

  • Ability to work accurately and independently with attention to detail.

  • Ability to write reports in a professional and organized manner.

  • Ability to plan and execute tasks or experiments in a timely manner.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate/interact with investigators, and other core staff on a daily basis.

  • Knowledge of University, State, and Federal policies and regulations.

  • Knowledge and ability to execute routine laboratory procedures (including sterile technique, pipetting, use a fume hood, etc.).

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook).

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 directly to the Principle Investigator of the lab. For additional information about the position, please contact Silas Culver, MD at SAC7ZU@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA. The anticipated start date is June 7, 2022. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated Hiring Range: $40,000 - $46,000 commensurate with education and experience. This is a non-exempt level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

This position will remain open until filled. 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.

To Apply:
Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for R0036160

Process for External Applicants: Please visit UVA job board at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search for R0036160

Complete an application online with the following documents:


Cover letter

Upload all materials into the resume submission field; multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

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

For questions about the application process, please contact Christi Maguire, Recruiting Specialist, 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/.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

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