Posting Summary: The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia is seeking a lab specialist junior (Lab Specialist 1) to assist investigators with experiments designed to investigate sphingolipids in cancer and ocular diseases. Skill sets in biochemistry, cellular biology, and physiology are desired. The individual will predominantly be performing rodent-based assays (e.g. angiogenesis, leukocyte adhesion, cancer models), maintaining mouse colonies, and performing immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy. Additional experimental approaches may entail flow cytometry, western blotting, and preparation of samples for mass spectrometry
A Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline and 1-4 years laboratory experience in an academic or industrial laboratory setting is required. Relevant student experience will be considered. Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and statistical/bioinformatics analyses is also required.
Required Minimum Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Required Specific Experience: 1-4 years laboratory experience in an academic or industrial laboratory setting (student experience considered)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 1) A strong conceptual grasp of basic biochemical principles is essential. 2) Enthusiasm for experimental research is essential. 3) Willingness to perform mouse dissections and surgical procedures 4) Competence in technical tasks as measured by reasonable speed and accuracy is essential 5) Willingness to take care of laboratory chores such as washing and autoclaving of glassware 6) Ability to install and use computer hardware, software and peripherals is essential 7) Proficiency in English and good communication skills.
Required Computer Applications: Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and statistical/bioinformatics analyses
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 ben...efits 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.