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Lab Specialist, Kulkarni Lab

Company: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

The Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a Lab Specialist to join the lab of Dr. Saurabh Kulkarni to work on experiments to model human diseases using frogs as a model organism. We utilize diverse techniques that include frog genetics, in vitro and natural fertilization, microdissections, microinjection, molecular cloning, in situ hybridization, tissue culture, immunofluorescence, protein immunoblotting and various types of microscopy on live and/or fixed cells and embryos. The lab specialist will work closely with the PI and other lab members to complete tasks to support NIH-funded research and investigate the formation and function of cilia which is essential for embryonic development and physiology.

The lab specialist will also be responsible for laboratory organization and maintenance. This includes training of other personnel, frog colony breeding and maintenance, genotyping, ordering and maintaining supplies and reagents, maintaining equipment, and assisting the PI with environmental health and safety compliance.

The lab specialist should be able to work on an independent project. Thus, the position requires frequent use of the scientific literature and databases, appropriate data analysis including statistics, lab notebook and electronic data keeping, clear communication, and clear data presentation.


  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related sciences is required, though 6 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of degree,
  • Master's degree is preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience in wet lab research in related science is required, though a Master's degree may substitute for required experience.
  • Experience in molecular biology, work with animals, especially frogs, cell or tissue culture, cell transfection, microinjection, protein isolation and immunoblotting techniques, protein biochemistry, and microscopy, is preferred.
  • Excellent work ethic and above average productivity;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Flexible thinking and ability to learn new skills;
  • Prior personal ownership of complex project(s);
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • 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.

Anticipated Salary Range: $32,000 - $45,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience, with UVA benefits.


For questions about the application process please contact Bethany Case, Recruiter. Application review will begin March 29.

Please apply through Workday, and search for "Lab Specialist, Kulkarni Lab". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter (addressed to Dr. Kulkarni) 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.

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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