Lab Technician

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Job posting number: #7068800

Posted: August 12, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Cowardin lab in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine seeks a Lab Technician to assist in managing the day-to-day operations of the lab under Dr. Cowardin’s supervision.

The lab technician will work closely with Dr. Cowardin and other lab members, using microbiological and immunological techniques to study the gut microbiome and its interactions with the maternal and infant immune system. Research activities will include, but not be limited to, bacterial culture and sequencing, preparation and maintenance of gnotobiotic/germ-free mice, isolation of samples from mice, cell and protein quantification (by flow cytometry and ELISA) and general molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid isolation, RT-PCR). The lab technician will also contribute to laboratory maintenance. These duties include assisting Dr. Cowardin with environmental health and safety compliance as well as compliance with the animal care and use committee guidelines, maintaining mouse colonies, maintaining supplies and preparing lab resources (stocks, antibodies, etc…). The technician will help to support core lab values, including an appreciation for the diverse backgrounds of all lab members, a commitment to high quality, rigorous science, and a strong motivation to improve child health.

A successful candidate should have the ability to provide support for projects within the lab, handle sophisticated administrative and logistical tasks, and operate with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures. Must be fluent in verbal and written communication and be culturally competent to work with individuals of varying backgrounds.

The successful candidate will have an Associate's degree and at least 2 years of lab experience which may include student experience; or Bachelor's degree in related science, with 1 year of lab experience. A high school diploma or equivalent, with 4 years of relevant lab experience, can be considered in lieu of a degree.

To apply please visit UVA job board, and search for "R0015700". Complete the application and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box.

Required Application Materials:

Cover Letter
Contact information for 3 references

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