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Laboratory & Research Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Biochemistry
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

A laboratory specialist position is available immediately in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech. The laboratory, headed by Dr. Brandon L Jutras, is asking fundamental questions about the biology and pathogenesis of spirochetes, specifically those responsible for Lyme disease and Syphilis. For more information on the exciting research on going in the Jutras lab, we invite interested applicants to visit the departmental website. (

The position will involve both basic research in molecular biology and microbiology and assist in everyday general laboratory maintenance (e.g., purchasing, inventory, record and protocol management, etc.).

A successful candidate will have experience in a research laboratory setting, and have excellent analytical and organizational skills. Preference will be awarded to individuals with training and experience in 1) experimental animal models 2) molecular biology and 3) microbial pathogenesis. Salary and benefits package will be commensurate with experience. To apply please attach: 1) a cover letter; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) a list of 3 references.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate has been hired. The initial contract will be for one year, but we anticipate that this position will be renewed indefinitely.

Virginia Tech is a land grant institution that values diversity and is equal opportunity employer.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications
- Must be an effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
- Some familiarity with basic (e.g., Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc.) and coding software packages (R, Python, MatLab, etc.)
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Some experience with microbiology and aseptic technique.
- Some experience with molecular biology: Cloning, bacterial transformation, standard molecular techniques.
- Some experience with laboratory animal research: Colony maintenance, infection studies, tissue processing and analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field. Experience in preparing chemical reagents, making accurate volumetric transfers, communicating clearly, and in a timely fashion. Additional preferred qualifications
- Previous research experience.
- Knowledge of maintaining a safe and clean laboratory environment.

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Salary Information

37,000 - 42,500

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Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to attach the following documents when applying to this position: 1) a cover letter; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) a list of three (3) references.

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.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Brandon Jutras at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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