Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Specialist I
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

The Saucerman laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia is seeking a Laboratory Specialist I to develop computational models of biological networks in heart cells and perform data science analyses of genomic data from heart disease models. The successful candidate will participate as part of a collaborative research team which combines bioinformatics, computational modeling, and cell-based experimental screening to identify mechanisms and drug treatments for heart failure. The incumbent will be mentored by Dr. Saucerman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and receive training in computational methods. For a description of the lab's overall research interests, visit

Lab Specialist employees provide technical lab support by performing complex lab and research related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Lab Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Lab Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Lab Specialist employees often train others on work processes and policies.

This full-time position will remain open until filled.

This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding.

Job Description

  • Specialize in lab and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to Principal Investigators and/or labs. Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Perform a variety of tests requiring high degree of proficiency.
  • Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • May perform small animal surgery.
  • Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluate experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses. Research, compile, and maintain complex statistical, numerical, and computerized reports.
  • Perform library and literature research.
  • Assist in instructing lab academic sections in lab methods, procedures, and safety.
  • Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
  • Assist in training other staff members on procedures.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned


Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for "Laboratory Specialist". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search "Find Jobs," and search for "Laboratory Specialist" Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references.

The successful candidates will pass a criminal background check and pre-employment health screening. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, HR Recruiter, at


  • Knowledge of fundamentals of computer programming, biochemistry, and cell biology.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently, with moderate supervision.
  • Programming languages including MATLAB
  • Microsoft Office


  • Knowledge of the theory and application of computational models of cell physiology.
  • Knowledge of methods used to perform statistical analysis of transcriptomic data.
  • R or Python programming and bioinformatics software packages.


Education: Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Computer Science, Statistics, or closely related field. M.S. Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Computer Science, Statistics, or closely related field preferred.

Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree

Licensure: None


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

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Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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