Laboratory Research

Joining the Laboratory Research team at the University of Virginia's School of Medicine offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in cutting-edge research and contribute to groundbreaking medical discoveries. As a member of our team, you'll collaborate with world-class researchers and clinicians, harnessing innovative technologies and methodologies to advance our understanding of human health and disease.

Whether you're a recent graduate eager to launch your career or an experienced professional seeking new challenge, our dynamic and collaborative environment provides the perfect platform for growth and development. You'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, mentorship from leading experts in the field, and opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary projects that push the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

At UVA School of Medicine, we're committed to fostering a culture of excellence, diversity, and inclusivity. We believe that diversity fuels innovation and enriches our collective experience, and we welcome individuals from all backgrounds to join us in our mission to improve human health through scientific discovery.

If you're passionate about making a difference and ready to embark on a rewarding career at the forefront of medical research, we invite you to explore opportunities with the Laboratory Science team at the University of Virginia's School of Medicine. Join us in shaping the future of healthcare and transforming lives through the power of science. Apply now and become part of our exciting journey towards new discoveries and breakthroughs.

Research at UVA School of Medicine

UVA School of Medicine conducts innovative and impactful research that will improve human health by serving as a hub for scientific discovery and its translation to clinical care.

Learn more abour our research programs, facilities, and departments on the School of Medicine website. 

Paul and Diane Manning Institute of Biotechnology

The Paul and Diane Manning Institute of Biotechnology will focus and project the University’s commitment to research in biotechnology by promoting collaborative science and establishing a state-of-the-art campus centered on the research, development, commercialization, manufacturing, and patient care of new, innovative cellular, gene, and immuno-therapies. The Institute will provide a confluence of researchers and scientific leaders from all biomedical, engineering, and chemical sciences at the University and amplify opportunities for students and faculty to be at the frontlines of science and technology.
Career Progression in Laboratory Research
Lab and Research Technician 1
  • Focus on performing routine research tasks and developing skills
  • Perform tasks as assigned by superviso
  • Provide routine to moderately complex technical support for research project
  • Work with some degree of independence when following established protocols and procedures
Lab and Research Technician 2
  • Provide increasingly complex technical support for projects
  • Engage in increasingly complex scientific experiments
  • Handle more sophisticated administrative and logistical tasks
  • Operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures

Lab Specialist
  • Perform longer-term assignments
  • Provide technical lab support, performing complex lab and research related tasks
  • Act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions 
  • Have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research
  • Perform long-term assignments with oversight
  • Perform daily activities without supervision
  • Serve as resources on non-routine problems
  • May train others on work processes and policies
Lab Specialist Intermediate
  • Engage in laboratory research by performing complex lab and research related tasks
  • Assume additional responsibilities related to developing, designing, and conducting increasingly complex research projects
  • Perform complex tasks independently
  • Adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research
  • May supervise support personnel and manage budgets
Lab Specialist Senior
  • Apply highly-developed subject matter expertise to laboratory research
  • Assist in administration and coordination of the technical activities of a scientific research lab
  • Ensure that standard operating procedures and protocols are maintained and applie
Assist Principal Investigators or Lab Managers by:
  • Designing research methodologie
  • Managing research projects
  • Developing budgets and schedule
  • Following established quality standard
  • Following established quality standard
  • Analyzing data and performance metrics
Additional opportunities may include:
  • Managing staff
  • Co-author publications; co-present results with Principal Investigators

Learn more about Clinical Research at UVA

UVA Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)

The CTU provides an enhanced, centralized infrastructure to support researchers in a methodologically sound, compliant, efficient, and cost effective way as they develop and execute high quality, human subject research. 
UVA School of Medicine, Research in Motion
"What I really love is the translational work that we're doing and doing. The ability of our work can directly have impact to the public health and patient lives is essentially the driving force of my everyday activity."
- Jie Sun, PhD

Benefits at UVA

We want our employees to be happy, healthy, and have peace of mind. Our generous benefits package allows our community to focus on what's important - making UVA an ideal place to study, work, and grow.

UVA encourages our employees to be lifelong learners who expand their knowledge through education. The Education Benefits Program puts those beliefs into practice to help you reach your educational and professional goals.

Career Development
UVA is dedicated to developing the many talents of our employees. From Career Navigation to Learning & Development classes to a robust Rewards & Recognition program, UVA empowers employee growth and supports strategic change.

Wellness Our wellness program encompasses tools to support the financial, emotional, and physical well being of our employees.

Retirement UVA's retirement plans help ensure that employees have enough income to live comfortably in retirement. 
Interested in speaking with a recruiter about careers in Laboratory Sciences at the University of Virginia?
Adan Hernandez Senior Academic Sourcer, UVA
Jessica Russo Academic Division Recruiter, UVA