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Senior Laboratory Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/18/2017
Working Title Senior Laboratory Specialist
Job Classification Research IV
Department Name 35207G-Med-Div of Infectious Disease
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134920
Hiring Range $30,732.00 - $49,296.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh Medicine Division of Infectious Disease is seeking a Senior Laboratory Specialist.

The Senior Laboratory Specialist will be responsible for overseeing research projects, personnel involved in projects, budgetary discretion related to research projects, and management of a complex stream of laboratory supplies crucial to progress on integrated projects. As such, the incumbent must exhibit strengths in the conduct and execution of scientific projects as well as managerial foresight.

The incumbent will be involved in the management of several funded multi-center, multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator studies that are focused on quantifying HIV reservoirs and evaluating therapies towards a cure of HIV infection. Daily activities will involve coordinating research activities, including data collection, data input, evaluation and analysis of research projects, and compiling progress reports to the Principal Investigator. They will enforce laboratory safety guidelines and proper chemical/biohazard waste disposals. They will also be responsible for budgeting, purchasing laboratory supplies, and keeping track of supply inventories and equipment maintenance. Other managerial responsibilities will include interviewing staff candidates, training new staff, and assigning and allocating tasks among students and other staff members in the lab.

Laboratory responsibilities will include, but are not limited to DNA sequencing and PCR assays focused on highly sensitive quantification of HIV-1 DNA andHIV RNA from clinical samples obtained from patients in ongoing studies. Expertise in the culture of human cells is also desirable. The incumbent must be able to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and possess excellent communication skills. In this regard, the incumbent is expected to analyze data, prepare reports and present results on a regular basis. The incumbent will also have to coordinate and oversee projects both with personnel at the University of Pittsburgh and at other institutions.

Education Required Master's
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Master’s degree is preferred; extensive experience may be substituted for advanced degree. Background in molecular biology or virology, either classroom or direct experience, is preferred. Good managerial skills essential.

Required Licenses/Certifications
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
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 master’s degree in Biological Sciences, Immunology, or related field with 1-2 years of relevant work experience or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of research with 3-5 years of experience in animal handling and use of molecular biology techniques?
    • 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. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents