RESEARCH TECHNICIAN I

Location
Durham, NC
Posted
Mar 06, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN I
Retinal Ophthalmology

Occupational Summary
This position for a Research Technician is open in the Department of Ophthalmology at Duke University working with clinician-scientists in the Duke Center for Macular Diseases. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 55.This research includes NIH-, foundation grant- and industry-funded research in dry and wet AMD, with a specific focus on understanding the role of inflammatory cells in AMD.

The hired technician will be involved in focused studies for imaging of postmortem eyes (high- resolution MRI, two-photon imaging, optical coherence tomography, photoacustic imaging) and flow cytometry analysis of inflammatory cells of interest, monocytes and macrophages from patient volunteers (i.e. human research subjects) with AMD.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • This work will involve processing and preparation of cell and tissue samples from patients.
  • Prior applied research experience is preferred but not required.
  • Specific experience with imaging methods and flow cytometry methods is not required.
  • Knowledge of good laboratory and good clinical practices is desirable but not required, but the successful applicant must be willing to learn and apply these practices.
  • The successful applicant will have a strong educational foundation in the biological sciences (especially cell and molecular biology) and will be motivated, hard-working, have excellent critical thinking skills, embrace and understand safety and compliance protocols, and work well with others, including collaborating research scientists, clinical research coordinators, and supervising faculty investigators.
Work Performed
  • Conduct experiments,
  • Compile and analyze data,
  • Draw tentative conclusions, and present results to the PI, Dr. Lad, on a weekly basis;
  • Maintain an organized detailed laboratory notebook;
  • Develop plans for research experiments;
  • Develop protocols and/or optimize existing protocols as necessary;
  • Review laboratory methods manuals, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments;
  • Prepare chemicals, reagents and solutions;
  • Sustain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties;
  • Clean and maintain facilities;
  • Process human blood and tissue samples for imaging and analyses.
  • In addition to the specific focus on flow cytometry, this technician position may assist other research scientists on other projects, learning and applying additional techniques such as cell/tissue culture, RNA isolation and RT-PCR, protein extraction, Western blot, and ELISA.


Requisition Number
401389567

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
942 RESEARCH TECHNICIAN I

Job Family Level
06

Exempt/Non-Exempt
Non-exempt

Full Time / Part Time
FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary
Regular

Shift
First/Day

Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:
Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Education

Work requires an Associate's degree in botany, biology, zoology or other science related scientific field.

Experience

None required above education/training requirement OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Auto req ID

98219BR

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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