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Lab Specialist


Lab Specialist

  • R0042528
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Research
  • The University of Virginia
The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia seeks a Lab Specialist to assist with research that examines how different biological, environmental, and lifestyle factors influence the development of colon cancer. The Lab Specialist will play an important role in working with the Principal Investigators and research staff to plan, implement, and evaluate clinical and population research projects.

The Lab Specialist will provide technical lab support by performing high quality lab and research related tasks and will have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. Responsibilities will include performing daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight, and train others on work processes and policies.

  • Recruit, screen, and enroll study participants who meet research criteria. Collect demographic and lifestyle information through scripted interviews and answer general questions.
  • Obtain informed consent from study participants and maintain telephone contact. Notify Principal Investigator and supervisor of subject status.
  • Work with doctors and nursing staff at the UVA Endoscopy Clinic to collect patient samples and bring back to the lab for processing.
  • Collect and enter subject data into clinical database (e.g., REDCap), and manage the clinical database adhering to proper research protocols. Keep complete logs and track participants.
  • Process and prepare laboratory bio-specimens according to research needs (e.g., taking aliquots using pipettes). Ship laboratory specimens across institutions on dry ice. Keep bio-specimen catalogs.
  • Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Perform a variety of tests requiring high degree of proficiency.
  • Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Coordinates with Principal Investigator and school, department, and central administration to help ensure that research activities are performed in accordance with federal regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic assistance in analyzing data and preparing reports/graphs using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • 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.


Education: Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a health-related discipline is preferred

Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Experience can include training via fellowships, student work, internships and volunteering that is relevant to the work of the position.

  • Having patient-oriented /clinical research experience is preferred.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems.
  • Ability to work accurately and with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in basic laboratory skills (e.g., pipetting, aliquoting, dry ice shipping).
  • Ability to sort, compile, and manage data; working knowledge of managing clinical databases (e.g., REDCap) is preferred.
  • Basic data analysis skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large volumes of information.
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to learn new information under supervision of others.
  • Ability to work with diverse community of people.
  • Ability to relate to people in a wide variety of professional levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and organizational communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn the organization, policies and procedures associate with clinical research.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

This position will remain open until filled. This is a Non-Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday , and search for R0042528. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs' R0042528. Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • References

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.

For questions about the application process, please contact Eric Allen, Academic Recruiter at uth9qh@virginia.edu

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/ .

For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits .


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 and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding 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.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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