A Laboratory Specialist Intermediate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Alison Criss in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology in the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The laboratory investigates host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to infection (https://mic.med.virginia.edu/criss/). Fifty percent of the specialistâ™s time will be spent on research that is conducted independently and overseen by the Principal Investigator. Research projects include generating and validating mutant strains of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, performing infections in primary and cultured cells, and analyzing genomic and transcriptomic data sets from bacteria and eukaryotic cells. The specialist will routinely handle biosafety level 2 pathogens and work with human samples, including blood. Fifty percent of the specialistâ™s time will be spent on lab organization, which includes making stocks of chemicals, growth media, and other reagents; maintaining stocks of consumable lab supplies; maintaining equipment; maintaining and organizing laboratory stocks of biosafety level 2 bacteria and cells; phlebotomy and purification of human immune cells; and assisting the Principal Investigator and Lab Manager with shipping between laboratories and regulatory compliance with biosafety, human subjects, animal welfare, and radiation and chemical safety practices. The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology is a highly collaborative department with an outstanding commitment to research and education.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION: Candidates must hold a Bachelorâ™s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a related discipline by the time of hire. Candidates must have at least two years of independent research experience in a Biomedical Sciences discipline by the time of hire. Candidates must have documented experience working at biosafety level 2. Candidates must have experience with standard molecular biological techniques (PCR, cloning, plasmid purification, analyzing Sanger DNA sequencing results). Candidates must have experience in bioinformatics analyses (genomic comparisons, analysis of transcriptomic or transposon-sequencing data sets), which may be from coursework and/or laboratory research. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with pathogenic bacteria at biosafety level 2 or higher and primary human blood cells. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in human phlebotomy; candidates must be willing to learn phlebotomy. Candidates with publications from prior research positions or degree programs are highly preferred.
This position is restricted and is contingent upon the continuation of funding.
TO APPLY: EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: please apply through Workday at the following URL, https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs , and search for requisition # R0003902. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter that addresses the requirements for the position as outlined above, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: please apply through your Workday Home page, search âœFind Jobsâ, and search for requisition # R0003902. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter that addresses the requirements for the position as outlined above, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for this position is Spring/Summer 2019.
Internal Number: R0003902
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.