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Laboratory and Research Specialist I

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Sobrado laboratory seeks to fill a Laboratory and Research Specialist I position in the Department of Biochemistry. The Sobrado laboratory ( studies the mechanism of action, structure, and inhibition of selected flavin-dependent enzymes. The laboratory currently focuses on flavin-dependent monooxygenases essential for siderophore biosynthesis, to block iron acquisition in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Aspergillus fumigatus and flavoenzymes involved in the biosynthesis of natural products with biomedical applications. The Lab and Research Spec I will assist/conduct research using high-performance liquid chromatography, mass spectral analyses, and assay development, with supervision by the primary investigator. Applicants are expected to maintain basic lab inventory, ordering, safety and other duties as needed. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please attach resume and cover letter and list of three references.

Required Qualifications

  • Mid-level experience in laboratory research.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology (PCR)
  • Knowledge of ICP
  • Understanding of the mechanism of HPLC instruments
  • Good organization skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Competence in basic laboratory skills and safety

Preferred Qualifications

MS or BS in Biology or related field or related areas with experience in analytical chemistry.

  • General knowledge of biology
  • Development of activity assays
  • Good team member

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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.Please attach a resume, cover letter and list of three professional references when applying to this position.

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. Pablo Sobrado at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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