Research Associate

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Position TypePermanent Staff (EHRA NF)DepartmentGenetics-423501Working TitleResearch AssociateAppointment TypeEHRA Non-FacultyPosition Posting CategoryResearch ProfessionalsSalary Range37,500 - 60,000Full Time/Part Time?Full-Time PermanentHours per Week40Vacancy IDNF0004531Position ID20037034Posting Open Date09/04/2020Application Deadline09/18/2020Open Until FilledNoProposed Start Date09/22/2020Position Summary

The Research Associate/ Senior Coordinator position will support the ongoing efforts of the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) research program at UNC directed by Dr. Jonathan Berg. This position entails assisting and guiding 3-4 ClinGen Clinical Domain Working Groups (CDWGs) in different stages of launching, scaling, and sustaining their work. The Sr. Coordinator will support the new development of CDWGs within a clinical domain as a member of the CDWG Leadership Group, including preparing necessary paperwork, inviting new participants, scheduling meetings, and other activities as specified by the ClinGen Coordinator Resource and as new duties emerge. The Sr. Coordinator will also train and oversee the coordinators of Expert Panels (EPs) and liaise between ClinGen leadership ,the CDWGs and (EPs), to facilitate the training of expert panel members. This individual will be expected to coordinate and participate in professional society meetings of the research groups and conference calls with international domain experts. Successful job performance will require learning and implementing the curation frameworks and protocols developed by ClinGen. The Research Associate/Senior coordinator will track the progress of their curation projects over the clinical domain and associated expert panels and will also provide feedback and updates on new procedures and ensure they are upheld over the working groups in their purview. At minimum, the Sr. Biocurator will attend monthly calls of the Education, Coordination, and Training WG, the Biocurator WG, and semi-annual calls of the CDWG Leadership group. As a senior member of the UNC Biocurator and Coordinator Core, this individual is encouraged to seek other opportunities to contribute to BCC activities or to ClinGen within the CDWGs they coordinate (e.g. biocuration with an EP of interest) or within another WG as time and interest permit.

The selected candidate must have the ability to lead/contribute to preparation of publications and/or reports, make presentations within department and/or at professional conferences, and contribute to and lead exchange of research information through demonstration and instruction

Educational Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required in Genetics, Molecular Biology, or related degree, plus 3 or more years of relevant experience in a research setting with a bachelor’s degree. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Qualifications and Experience

Major responsibilities of this position include coordination and training of expert panel members on biocuration and mandated processes as set by ClinGen. Minimal travel is required to attend professional conferences and ClinGen Steering Committee meetings.

Ideal candidates must have the ability to comprehend and instruct others on the application of complex curation processes to various projects. He/she must also have strong interpersonal skills and must enjoy leading, coordinating, organizing, and interacting with diverse groups of people. He/she must be a self-starter who is capable of independently and creatively identifying and resolving issues and exploring new ideas to enhance progress while maintaining strong communication with the UNC-based curation task force as well as external collaborators. A strong work ethic and sense of purpose are necessary. Also, the selected candidate must have knowledge of the scientific principles of biology, specifically the central dogma of genetics and a basic understanding of physiology and disease.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and hold high professional standards for their own work and that of others.
The ideal candidate will also be well-versed in genetics and genomic medicine. Candidates must have previous experience in management of small development groups or possess the interpersonal skills to supervise other junior members of the team.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above
  2. Do you have experience with genetics and molecular biology? Briefly describe what kind of experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Describe your Confluence experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Do you have experience with web page creation and management?
    • Yes
    • No




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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 9/20/2020
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