The Derr Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology,
Immunology, and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia School
of Medicine is seeking a Laboratory Specialist to work on projects
investigating the mechanisms supporting Chlamydia trachomatis
Under the supervision of the PI, the incumbent will participate
in laboratory projects involving a combination of microbiology,
cell biology, molecular biology, microscopy and small animals
(mice) techniques. Research activity conducted includes, but is not
limited to, maintenance of eukaryotic cell lines, generation and
amplification of Chlamydia strains, general molecular biology
techniques (cloning and sequence analysis, immuno-precipitation and
western-blot), image acquisition of Chlamydia infected cells or
tissue by standard and confocal microscopy, image analysis using
microscopy computer software, small animal (mice) handling and
Education: B.S. degree in biological sciences is required. 6
years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree.
- At least 3 years of experience is required.
- 4 years of experience in a research laboratory is
- Experience in cell culture and sterile microbiology
- Experience in small animal handling.
- Proficiency in molecular biology, including but not limited to
PCR amplification, Western blotting, plasmid construction and
cloning, is preferred.
- Accuracy and attention to details.
- Work concurrently on several projects and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated initiative in decision-making and problem
- Computer skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Self-motivation and eager to acquire new skills.
Physical Demands: This is primarily a sedentary job involving
extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally
require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and
Anticipated Hiring Range: Commensurate with qualifications with
Review of applications will begin May 27, and will continue
until the position is filled. This position is restricted, with the
opportunity for continuation contingent upon the availability of
Complete an application and attach a resume and cover letter
into the resume submission field, preferably merged as one
The successful candidate will pass a criminal background check,
and necessary health screening.
For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr.
Isabelle Derre, Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and
Cancer Biology . For questions about the application process,
please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter.
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