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Research Specialist - Pharmacology


Research Specialist - Pharmacology

  • R0038709
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Research
  • The University of Virginia
The Schulman Lab in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia seeks a Research Specialist to assist investigators with experiments examining the regulation of transcription by members of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily and exploring links between lipid metabolism and inflammation in several model systems. The individual will conduct daily experimental procedures and must be able to master techniques in molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry. The individual will conduct complex research activities and make decisions according to ethical standards, understand laboratory processes and procedures, and perform data analysis. The incumbent will p articipate in formulating research methods, suggest options for improving quality, and recommend solutions. They will also oversee the day-to-day operation of projects, confer with PI in developing plans for research projects, discuss the interpretation of results, and help prepare scientific manuscripts for publication. Further, the incumbent will have e xcellent writing and communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to follow instructions, and general laboratory knowledge (e.g., lab procedures, basic safety precautions, how to handle samples and laboratory equipment, etc.).

What you will do:
  • Experimental Work:
    Isolate RNA. Quantify gene expression by QPCR. Work with mice. Perform flow cytometry experiments. Isolate primary cells from mice. Participate in formulating research methods. Oversee day-to-day operation of projects. Discuss and interpret results.
  • Laboratory Maintenance and General Duties
    Maintain a clean laboratory area and assist with overall laboratory maintenance. Make buffers and other reagents. Maintain a laboratory notebook. Be available to assist principal investigators as needed.
  • Ordering and Purchasing
    Process purchases for the lab using the UVA Marketplace. Interact with vendors to determine appropriate products. Return damaged or incorrect items.

Learn more about the Schulman Lab: https://pharm.virginia.edu/schulman-lab/

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline
  • Ability to synthesize information, provide advice, and address needs independently.
  • Knowledge of general lab procedures, basic safety precautions, and lab equipment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with computer software, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel is required.
  • Two years of laboratory experience in an academic or industrial laboratory setting is preferred.
  • Experience working with rodents is preferred.

This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $40,000 - $52,000

Salary will be commensurate with education, skills, and experience.

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment and a health screening per University policy.


Complete an application online and attach:
  • Cover letter to include your interest in the position and your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences.
  • Resume or CV

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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.


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