Laboratory Animal Coordinator

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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?NoPosition TitleResearch Technician - JourneyWorking TitleLaboratory Animal CoordinatorPosition Number20011719Vacancy IDP012019Budgeted Hiring Range$35,800 - $40,000Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade EquivalentGN05Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time Time-LimitedIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointment3 yearsHours per week40Work Schedule

Flexible schedule; occasional weekends

Department Name and NumberNutrition Research Institute-633300Date First Posted10/05/2020Closing Date11/04/2020Position LocationKannapolis, NCPosition Posting CategoryResearch ProfessionalsDepartment Description

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is a freestanding research institute that is approximately 2 hours from Chapel Hill (20 minutes from Charlotte). A leader in the Precision Nutrition space, the NRI is developing and applying cutting-edge methods to determine why metabolism and nutrition requirements differ between individuals. We seek to understand nutrient metabolism and its relationship to human development and disease with the goal of increasingly replacing general dietary guidance with more customized nutrition recommendations.

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, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The Laboratory Animal Coordinator will work as a Research Technician in the areas of fetal alcohol disorders, choline, and fatty acids.

The position requires the ability to follow protocol in the administration of dietary interventions (including preparing diets daily), developmental tests, and cognitive assessments. This technician must be able to work independently, follow protocols precisely, exercise judgment in planning and modifying techniques, collecting and processing rat tissue samples, maintaining databases, manage sample collections, and prepare written reports. After an initial training period, the incumbent should be able to take a general experimental outline and follow a detailed protocol with minimal supervision, perform the experiment, maintain the database, manage the samples, and prepare a focused summary. The individual should be able to instruct others (e.g., coworkers, students) in the techniques used and to occasionally supervise less experienced personnel. Specific techniques to be performed include animal husbandry, breeding, animal dissection, fixing and slicing of brain, genotyping, Morris Water Maze, and Western blots.

Specific skills sought include:
- Assist in generating and maintaining animal colonies including preparing and administering study diets
- Perform various other tasks within the lab, including ordering supplies and autoclaving – Administer developmental and cognitive assessments
- Working with rats, including breeding colony management, rat handling and necropsy, and working with animal models – Performing Western blots and other techniques as needed
- Compiling, analyzing, and documenting experimental results
- Laboratory responsibilities such as preparing reagents and solutions, cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment, and some ordering of laboratory supplies.

Note: This position is located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte), approximately 2 hours from Chapel Hill.

This is a 3-year time-limited position.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Experience working with laboratory animals.

Preferred Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent plus one year of directly related experience. – Certificate in bench lab techniques or Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., genetics, biochemistry, etc.)

Experience with microscopy techniques, harvesting and preparing tissue samples for microscopy techniques, animal experiments, and molecular biology.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical and Mental RequirementsPosition/Schedule RequirementsPosition AttributesSevere weather essential, CDME on-site primary. Animal handler (non-DLAM), exposure to hazardous materials, laboratory, non-healthcare TB exposure, overtime occasionally, weekend work occasionally.Stimulus/ARRA FundedNoQuick Link of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you possess the competencies necessary to perform the Research Technician position?
      • Yes
      • No
    2. * This position is located in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte). Are you able to work in Kannapolis?
      • Yes
      • No




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    Posted: 10/20/2020
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