Lab Specialist Senior, Ophthalmology

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia’s Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a Laboratory Specialist Senior to join the Lab of Dr. Ambati at the Center for Advanced Vision Science (CAVS).

The Lab Specialist Senior will be responsible for performing the complex lab and research related tasks our Center requires to maintain its business processes, especially with the expanding portfolio of our research enterprise. The Lab Specialist Senior will work as a lab manager overseeing writing animal welfare protocols, regulatory compliance, assisting and overseeing postdocs and lab staff with daily operations, and first line management of lab business needs.

Read more about the Ambati Lab here:

Duties Include:

  • Perform duties similar to Lab Specialist employees, such as helping Principal Investigators coordinate research projects, performing experimental procedures, collecting information and data, and preparing tissues and specimens for procedures.

  • Manage the animal colony:  overseeing and organizing breeding, husbandry, genotyping, receiving, transferring, handling, writing animal welfare protocols, regulatory compliance, and assisting and overseeing postdocs and lab staff with daily operations.

  • Communicate with veterinary staff, postdocs, students, and PIs to meet requirements and needs with respect to research animals

  • Manage 1-3 support staff who will assist with animal colony tasks, as well as general lab maintenance tasks.

  • Oversee day-to-day operation of projects.

  • Schedule and maintain records of equipment/facilities.

  • May be responsible for operations of specialized labs or research areas within departments and/or fieldwork and related data analyses for research projects.

  • May assemble, test, calibrate, clean, or make minor repairs to equipment.

  • Train users in equipment operation and research techniques; and explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes.

  • Determine interview procedures, conduct interviews, and assist with VISA processing of new and current staff.

  • Work independently on collection of data and analyze research results.

  • Confer with PIs in developing plans for research projects and discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.

  • May supervise research support personnel, orient/train new staff and complete on/off boarding procedures

  • May manage budgets, oversee first line system processes required by Workday Finance that pertain to the lab, such as account certifications and adjustments, payroll allocation and adjustments, expense reporting, and any additional responsibilities that may require lab first steps.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

To be considered at the Senior Level have Bachelor’s degree. 9 years of experience in a lab technician role. May substitute with Master’s or Terminal degree plus 4 years of experience in a lab technician role and supervisory experience. 12 years of lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree.

Physical Demands:

This position can spend extended periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments or caring for animals. This position is located onsite only, telecommuting is not permitted. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work and animal procedures requiring finer finger manipulation.

To Apply:

Must apply through your UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs’ and search for R0050025  Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV

  • 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 the required documents will not receive full consideration.

This position will remain open till filled. This position is restricted and is contingent upon available funding.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an Education Verification. (FSAKA).

For questions about the position or application process, please contact Yelena Markazyan,  Academic Recruiter, at [email protected] .

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