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Laboratory Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/12/2017
Working Title Laboratory Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35248-Med-Cardiovascular Institute
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0800658
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Laboratory Specialist in the Department of Cardiovascular Institute.

The incumbent will join a basic and translational science laboratory focused on cardiovascular disease research with strong emphasis on cell and molecular biology as well as animal models of disease. Activities include, but are not limited to, maintaining a mouse breeding colony including weaning, genotyping and carefully recording results and organizing with meticulous attention the all information about the colony. The incumbent will also assist in preparation of animals for surgery and careful tissue collection after terminal procedures, assist lab members in the design and planning of protocols and experiments related to research projects, and assist in ordering supplies and maintaining inventories and records of reagent, supplies, equipment and animals. In addition, the incumbent will assist in maintenance of lab facilities and equipment up to the institutional regulatory requirements and suitable for performing experiments. The incumbent will conduct biochemical, genetic, cell and molecular experiments and will be involved in the culture of primary cells and cell lines. Must be able to work in a team and independently and should have good strong troubleshooting skills. Must be flexible and very well-organized and able to clearly document data and activities in a lab notebook. Must effectively communicate with PI and other lab members and contribute to lab management (expenditures, supplies, regulatory and training).

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Minimum of Bachelors degree in biology, chemistry, physiology or microbiology. Master’s degree preferred. 2 years experience in laboratory setting. Must have experience in animal research. Must have experience with basic lab equipment and biologic/health science lab environment and basic techniques.

Required Licenses/Certifications

A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry or related field and 2 years of related laboratory research experience are necessary. The ideal candidate is expected to also have superior organizational, time management, troubleshooting and multi-tasking skills

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Schedule may vary if time sensitive research being done

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter