Lab Specialist, Engineering Systems and Environment
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info

The University of Virginia's Department of Engineering Systems and Environment seeks applicants for a Lab Specialist. The Lab Specialist will support in-laboratory and field-based education and research, as well as facility management for the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment.

The Lab Specialist will include basic preservation strategies for laboratory facilities such as repair, maintenance and upgrades of laboratory equipment, fabrication of special-use laboratory equipment and test fixtures, preparing experimental setups in collaboration with researchers, participation in field research activities, maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies for teaching and research. In addition to these laboratory focused activities, additional duties may include moving equipment, supplies, and furniture between laboratories, oversee laboratory maintenance, coordinate with UVA Facilities Management for departmental, order supplies and equipment, assist with field research activities, and manage hazardous waste and radioactive materials used in laboratories.


  • Bachelor's degree with 6 years of experience in a lab role is required. Master's degree may substitute for required experience. 9 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree or Associate's or vocational/technical school degree in a related engineering field.

  • Must have computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and laboratory instrument control.

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis and more than 50 pounds occasionally.

  • Prior experience in civil, mechanical, or environmental engineering testing and associated laboratory equipment is preferred.

  • Experience with hydraulic and servo-hydraulic systems, dust and vapor contact, and electro-mechanical repair and troubleshooting is preferred.

  • Preference for experience with machine shop equipment including welding, cutting and grinding of metals to fabricate various tools and equipment.

  • Experience with electronics testing, repair, and maintenance is a plus.

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

Please apply through Workday, and search for "Lab Specialist". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter and CV/resume all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile

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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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