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Lab Specialist, Departments of Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering


Lab Specialist, Departments of Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering

  • R0039060
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Research
  • The University of Virginia
The Lazzara Lab in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks applications for an open Lab Specialist position. The Lazzara Lab is a vibrant research community of eight full-time researchers focused on projects in the areas of cancer cell signaling and precision medicine for oncology.

For more details on the Principal Investigator’s departmental and center affiliations, please see the links below:




The Lab Specialist will engage primarily in laboratory research and will also assist the Principal Investigator in lab management. The Specialist will perform tasks independently and have authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet research needs. The Specialist may supervise support personnel and assist with managing budgets.

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Perform duties including helping the Principal Investigator and other laboratory members coordinate research projects, perform experimental procedures, collect information and data, and prepare samples for analysis.
  • Participate in formulating and improving research methodologies and participate in data analysis and documentation.
  • Independently plan for the most efficient day-to-day use of time and lab resources to meet research goals.
  • Confer with the PI in developing plans for research projects, interpretation of results, and preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations.
  • Train users in equipment operation and research techniques.
  • Schedule and maintain records of lab equipment and facilities. Assist in lab safety compliance and ordering of laboratory supplies.
  • May supervise research support personnel and manage budgets.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Qualified candidates must have:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 6 years of experience in a lab technician role. Master's degree may substitute for required experience. 9 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Matthew Lazzara, Professor of Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, at mlazzara@virginia.edu.

This position can involve extensive periods of time standing or seated at a laboratory bench while conducting experiments. The position also requires use of a keyboard and other manual tasks for typical lab work (e.g., use of pipets).

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

The anticipated start date is September 2022. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated Hiring Range: $50,000 - $60,000 commensurate with education and experience. This is an exempt level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of applicants will begin September 15, 2022. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A completed pre-employment health screen is required for this position prior to employment.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0039060. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Any additional documents the candidate wishes to share to demonstrate prior research experience and productivity (e.g., co-authored peer-reviewed publications).

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.

References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via SkillSurvey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at unw5dq@virginia.edu.

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

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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