Lab Specialist

University of Virginia

The Tang Laboratory at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BMG) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine seeks applicants for a new Lab Specialist.

The Tang laboratory studies mechanisms of complex genome rearrangements in cancers and other human diseases such as developmental disorders, particularly interested in chromothripsis which is a catastrophic rearrangement involving ten to hundreds of DNA breaks randomly ligated all at once within one or few chromosomes. We are interested in understanding how these breaks are formed and how they are repaired in different cellular contexts. We are also interested in abnormal gene regulation, such as oncogene activation and defects in RNA processing, in contribution to genome instability. One of our focuses is to delineate the mechanism of how dysregulation of R-loops, three-stranded nuclear acid complexes comprised of a DNA-RNA hybrid and a displaced single-stranded DNA, leads to DNA damage and genome instability in somatic and meiotic cells. The overall goal of our research is to identify mechanisms of complex genome rearrangements that drive rapid genome evolution in cancers and congenital human disorders.

Our lab uses a wide range of techniques to study genome instability and rearrangements. The technician will work directly with the Principal Investigator of the lab and will be provided comprehensive academic training. The research technician is highly encouraged to lead and develop their own independent research projects.


  • Assist the Principal Investigator and other lab members, such as graduate students, and postdoc researchers in their research projects. Experimental work includes mammalian cell culture and live cell/fixed cell microscopic imaging combined with single cell genomic analysis (Look-seq) and in vitro biochemistry analysis with purified proteins.

  • Participate and present research progress in regular lab meetings. Attend departmental seminars and national scientific conferences.

  • Order general lab supplies and help with the overall laboratory maintenance, including maintaining a clean workspace and preparing buffers and other reagents.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 3 years of previous experience. 6 years of related lab experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Basic cell biology and molecular biology skills are required. Experience with microscopy, cell culture and protein purification would be beneficial.

  • Ability to draft routine reports and keep accurate and detailed records of work performed.

This is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Salary will be commensurate with education, skills, and experience. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit .


The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior and health assessment per University policy.


Please visit UVA job board: and search for “R0053667”

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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This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work requiring finer finger manipulation.  

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