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Laboratory and Research Specialist, Division of Infectious Diseases


Laboratory and Research Specialist, Division of Infectious Diseases

  • R0042243
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Research
  • The University of Virginia
The Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Virginia is currently seeking a Laboratory Specialist to work in the lab of Dr. Amy Mathers. The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical lab support by performing complex lab and research related tasks. This person would act as a specialist on research methods and equipment functions specific to research tasks. This work, which covers both microbiological and molecular techniques, primarily focuses on researching and advancing the science of antimicrobial resistance genes.

An effective candidate will work with all members of the lab team to assist in all aspects of conducting experiments. This individual should also be able to work independently and be self- guided and creative in seeking possible solutions to experimental challenges. This candidate should also be able to work well with other laboratory departments as they will work regularity in cooperation with other labs at the UVA Medical Center. This position could provide opportunities in furthering certifications/education as the candidate so desires.

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Applies knowledge of scientific/technical principles, practices, and regulatory requirements of functional areas.
  • Performs a variety of procedures supporting clinical, research, field research, service or regulatory and/or diagnostic laboratory programs.
  • Duties may include performing standardized or specialized scientific or clinical procedures, performing preliminary procedures to prepare, expedite, and facilitate further scientific examination and training, analysis and compilation of data, communicating findings/research results, repairing and maintaining equipment and ordering supplies.
  • May have contact with private business, other state agencies or government entities, faculty, students and researchers, and/or the general public to communicate results and explain laboratory procedures or regulatory requirements.
  • Performing microbiology assays like antibiotic susceptibility testing and genomic assays like PCR and next generation sequencing.
  • Prepare support materials, compare and assist with analyses of data and write reports and perform literature reviews.
  • Assist in specimen collection outside of the laboratory.
  • Present work at lab meetings and conferences and participate in grant applications and manuscripts for publishing.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Qualified candidates must have:

Education: Bachelor's degree

Experience:At least three years of lab experience which may include student experience.Six years of experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. This is a non-exempt, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit www.hr.virginia.edu/benefits . This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

The position will remain open until filled. 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:
Process for Internal UVA Applicants : Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0042243”.

Process for External Applicants: Please visit UVA job board at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search for “R0042243”.

Complete an application online with the following documents:

• CV/Resume

• Cover letter

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 Jessica Russo, Recruiter, at sxv9zv@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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