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Laboratory Specialist, Kendall Microbiology Lab - Charlottesville - 22907

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Charlottesville City, Virginia, US
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Oct 14, 2021

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The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, [] at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, is seeking a Laboratory Specialist to work in the Kendall Lab []. The Lab Specialist will be responsible for providing direct research support for multiple bacterial pathogenesis /infectious diseases research projects in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology.
We require a very well-organized and highly motivated individual who seeks to contribute substantially to the overall research mission of the Kendall Lab. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and collaboratively with other lab members. The ideal candidate will be technically proficient and possess good critical, analytical, and communication skills. Interest in and willingness to learn new techniques are essential job components. The successful candidate will also be responsible for laboratory organization and maintenance. This includes training of other personnel, maintaining and handling animals and conducting experiments, maintaining supplies and reagents, and maintaining equipment.

Duties will include:
* Conduct tests and experiments according to experimental lab protocols.
* Preparation of reagents.
* Maintain inventory of basic supplies to include ordering, tracking and adhering to procurement policies and procedures.
* Bacterial culture and maintenance.
* Perform in vitro immunoassays experiments such as western blotting, flow cytometry, microscopy, purification of recombinant proteins.
* Perform PCR and qRT-PCR, and mutagenesis by homologous recombination, cloning of bacterial genes.
* Handle and maintain tissue culture cell lines.
* Maintenance and handling of animals and conduct experiments required.
* Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
* Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using basic Excel worksheets.
* Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
* Assist in training other lab members on procedures.
* In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned
* Bachelor's in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related science
* At least 2 years of laboratory experience obtained at the bench
* Familiarity and experience with standard bacteriology, molecular biology techniques, sterile tissue culture, antibody-based protein detection methods (e.g. blotting, microscopy, ELISA), DNA/RNA analyses and cloning.
* Familiarity with computational and statistical methods is not required, but is preferred and is a plus.
Licensure: None.
Application Instructions
Please apply through Workday, and search for "Lab Specialist,". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter and a CV/resume all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. The successful candidate will pass a criminal background check. This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. For questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks. []
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.
COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements [] webpage.
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 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 or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.
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