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Laboratory Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 02/28/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 04/28/2018
Working Title Laboratory Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35207H-Med-Div of Pulmonary Medicine
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0136279
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Laboratory Specialist.

The Laboratory Specialist will work in a state-of-the-art, internationally recognized Pulmonary research program in the area of inflammation and muscle biology. Under the supervision of the Senior Scientist, the Laboratory Specialist is responsible for executing and designing experiments with independence. The incumbent will be expected to troubleshoot technical issues, execute statistical analyses, and present data at internal meetings. The communication of results, issues, and needs with team members is necessary. The Specialist will also be responsible for training new hires entering the lab on the local protocols and will have a leadership position among lab personnel for organization and execution of experiments.

This position requires significant experience in biochemical/molecular techniques such as immunocytochemistry, western blots, PCR, and DNA/ RNA preparation. The incumbent should be able to work independently with direction from senior scientist and be highly productive in day-to-day operations pertinent to lung and muscle biology research.

Multi-tasking several experiments simultaneously and efficient time management is necessary. Many of the responsibilities described above will be self-initiated and require a high level of vigilance. Meticulous work habits, dependability, and good communication skills are required.

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

Bachelor’s degree in biological or chemical science preferred. Understanding of basic lab techniques is required. Skill/experience with cell culture is desired. May substitute equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

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

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  1. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
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    • Currently a University Employee
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    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter