Laboratory Specialist

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on July 9, 2021

Job Description

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia is seeking a Laboratory Specialist for well established Orthopedic Research Laboratory investigating the use of mesenchymal stem cells and progenitor cells in tissue engineering and repair. Specific interests include tendon regeneration, ligament healing and cartilage repair as well as elucidating differences between stem cells isolated from different tissues. We also are investigating the antiinflammatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells. A qualified candidate will be responsible for the following under the guidance and supervision of the PI: general laboratory maintenance, equipment maintenance, enforcing lab safety policies, ordering supplies, training and supervising students, stocking and maintenance of cell culture archive, assisting students with their experiments, performing experiments and writing thorough descriptions of experiments. Techniques utilized include: tissue sample collection from animals, tissue processing, primary mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, RNA and DNA purification, gel electrophoresis, real time PCR, gene cloning, sequence verification, Western blotting, ELISA, histology, transfection, radioisotope use, literature searches, and data description and analysis.

Required Qualifications

BS in biological sciences or related field. Previous experience working in a research laboratory; experience performing all of the following: sterile technique, mammalian tissue cell culture; transfection; flow cytometry; ELISA; DNA and RNA isolation; PCR; real-time PCR; primer/probe design; Western blot; and data analysis. Computer skills (including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Strong organizational skills and thorough note-taking experience. High attention to detail. Abilbity to work independently with minimal supervision. Good English skills (spoken and written). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to provide leadership in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience working with laboratory research animals such as rodents, farm animals and companion animals. Experience teaching laboratory techniques. MS in cell and molecular biology or related field.

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Pay band 3-Salary: Commensurate with experience

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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