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The Developmental Neuroanalytics Lab and the Center for Healthy Brain Development at the University of Virginia are seeking a Lab Technician to assist in ongoing experiments to examine the epigenetic mechanisms of early life experience. This is a 1-year position with the possibility for renewal contingent on performance and funding. Review of applications will begin March 15 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The target start date is Summer 2023.

Lab and Research Technician 1 employees focus on performing routine research tasks and developing skills. They assume routine to moderately complex technical support for research projects. Work is routine and can be performed with some degree of independence when following established protocols and procedures. Lab and Research Technician 1 employees perform tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Responsibilities include: 

  • DNA/RNA isolation from human-derived (saliva/blood) tissues

  • DNA/RNA quantification and electrophoresis to assess quantity and quality

  • Bisulfite conversion

  • PCR to amplify DNA for genetic/epigenetic assays

  • Pyrosequencing to assay genetic and epigenetic marks

  • Inventory reagents/supplies and restock as they arrive

  • Maintain user lists for heavy traffic equipment

  • Teach other lab members basic molecular biology tasks

  • Maintain a clean bench space and work areas

  • General lab maintenance 

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

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field by the start date

  • One year of experience working in a research lab. Research lab time while a student in higher education may be considered.

  • Ability to work accurately and carefully

  • Ability to maintain detailed experimental records

  • Attention to detail

  • Good organizational skills

  • Knowledge of general molecular biology lab procedures

  • Ability to follow set policies and procedures and adhere to regulatory guidelines in daily work

  • Excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions in order to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous work with human or animal samples, handling of DNA and RNA

  • Experience in genotyping or epigenotyping  

Physical Demands:

  • 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.

This is a Non-Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance.  For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter at

The successful candidate will pass a background check and pre-employment health screening.

To apply please visit UVA job board, and search for "R0045076" or click the link below.

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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Lab Tech Position: Research
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