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Laboratory Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 09/13/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 11/12/2017
Working Title Laboratory Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35207H-Med-Div of Pulmonary Medicine
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135567
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh’s Dept of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine seeks a Laboratory Specialist in an internationally recognized pulmonary research program in studies of inflammatory lung diseases. The position requires performance of animal models of lung disease to understand different aspects of lung inflammation and its regulation.

Experiments will include subjecting mice to appropriate animal models of respiratory disorder. Analysis of the animal experiments will involve processing of animal tissue for histology/microscopy, lung lavage, immunological assays, and preparation of lung extracts for protein and RNA isolation. Experimental techniques will involve assessment of differential cell counts in BAL fluid, lung tissue histology, RNA isolation and qRT-PCR, multiplex protein (cytokine) analysis of serum and tissue, ELISA, and additional techniques. The individual will be trained where necessary. There will be opportunities to be trained in additional cutting-edge techniques.

As needed, the individual will also participate in various day-to-day activities in order to maintain the lab. These include making stock solutions, initiating and tracking purchase requests, organizing and tracking chemicals, supplies, and equipment. In addition, the individual will also participate in the disposal of used reagents according to regulations. The individual must have good knowledge of laboratory skills including basic mathematical skills to have a high level of self-sufficiency and ability to work independently. Appropriate training and supervision will be provided. Meticulous work habits, dependability, and good communication skills are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

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

Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Biology or equivalent science field preferred. Associated degree with at least two years of experience may be considered.

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.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
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

Mostly standard hours but may vary depending on project deadlines.

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 with 1-2 years of relevant experience?
    • 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
  2. Other Document