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Laboratory Specialist

Company: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

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 infections.

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 infection.


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 preferred.
  • Experience in cell culture and sterile microbiology techniques.
  • 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 solving.
  • 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 programs.

Anticipated Hiring Range: Commensurate with qualifications with UVA benefits.


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 funding.

Complete an application and attach a resume and cover letter into the resume submission field, preferably merged as one document.

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.

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.

Keywords: University of Virginia, Charlottesville , Laboratory Specialist, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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