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Research Laboratory Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Research Laboratory Specialist
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0180172
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The successful candidate is expected to work independently or with others to accomplish research projects by performing in vitro cell culture experiments, in vivo experiments with mice, data collection and analysis, and laboratory organization and maintenance. The research projects involve extensive use of mice, intraperitoneal injections in mice, tissue collection from mice, culturing bacteria, infecting mice with bacteria and other routine assays such as PCR, flow cytometry and Western blot analysis.

Required Qualifications:

Successful candidate must have a Bachelor degree in the biological sciences or equivalent level of training and/or lab experience; experience in cell culture; handling mice, able to perform intraperitoneal injections and other minor procedures on mice. Must be self-motivated after initial supervision, willing to learn new experimental skills, and to work individually and collaboratively with a variety of individuals for more than one projects simultaneously. Must be able to safely move and handle up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with flow cytometry, cell culture, bacterial culture, PCR, primary cell line maintenance, making media, data analysis and data preparation for publication. Manuscript writing also desired.

Employment Conditions: Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

May be required to work on weekend or holiday when needed.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position, the requirements, and to apply, please go to To be considered, Applicants MUST apply on-line to posting SW0180172 by the close date of March 27, 208. If you have any questions please call our HR Service Center @ 540-231-9331 or email the HR Service Center at

Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Pay Band 3 - Wage; Commensurate with Experience
Department: Veterinary Medicine Experiment Sta.
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F TBD
Posting Date: 03/13/2018
Review Begin Date:
Job Close Date: 03/27/2018
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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