Research Specialist

Wilmington, North Carolina
$45,255 - $48,562
Jun 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Vacancy Number: S00556
Working Title: Research Specialist
Career Band Title: Research Specialist
Location of Workplace: CMS Myrtle Grove
Competency Level: Journey

Essential functions of this position:
This position is responsible for all aspects related to the day-to-day management of the Algal Resources Collection (ARC). This includes contributing to the implementation of the high standard of the collection in terms of diversity and quality of the algal clones, their characterization (morphological, molecular, physiological and ecological), and maintenance of the ARC website and data base. Primary duties include the preparation and sterilization of culturing materials, periodic transfers of the cultures and the acquisition of new strains; preparing and processing nutrients, making media and harvesting algal material for study; assist in experiments, data collection and data management; contribute to the preparation of grant proposal, reports and manuscripts; assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students as well as instructing part-time personnel and volunteers working at the laboratory with algal cultures; purchase, maintenance, and use of lab equipment and supplies; sales, customer care and packaging and shipping of cultures.

N.C. Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment + 1 year of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of training and/or related experience.
All degrees must be
received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position:
Knowledge of culture laboratory techniques, equipment, and terminology
Laboratory experience in algal culturing and/or microbiological techniques is mandatory, with special emphasis on sterilization techniques
Ability to accurately mix reagents and work with machinery and scientific equipment such as microscopes and centrifuges
Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions relating to testing and research methods
Ability to schedule and order supplies and materials to operate lab
Ability to prepare written reports that indicate analyses performed and results obtained

Preferred education, professional skills and experience:
Bachelor degree in Biology or related disciplines with at least 1 year of demonstrable experience in algal culturing and/or microbiological techniques
Master in related field is preferred
Experience in molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR and Sequencing) and phylogenetic analysis is preferred
Notions of microalgae taxonomy and culturing although not mandatory is desirable

Certifications or licensure required to perform the essential functions of the position:
Valid NC Driver’s License

Recruitment Range: $45,255 - $48,562
NC Salary Grade Equivalency: 70
Hours Per Week: 1.0 (40 hours per week)
Months Per Year: 12 Months
Work Days: Monday - Friday
Work Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Position Number: 1652
Job Posting Date: 06/28/2017
Job Closing Date: 07/28/2017

Special Instructions:
PLEASE NOTE: To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application. Due to the high interest in positions at UNCW, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the position if selected for an interview. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume to successfully apply for this position. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

This position is being recruited at the Journey level. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

EEO Statement:
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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