Research Technician

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Technician - Journey

Working Title:

Research Technician

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$31,200 - $34,000

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

2 years

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 9:30-6:00 pm with occasional weekend hours

Department Name and Number:

Alcohol Studies Center-428801

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies’ mission is to conduct, coordinate and promote basic and clinical research on the causes, prevention and treatment of alcoholism and alcoholic disease. The Center for Alcohol Studies (CAS) is one of fourteen National Research Centers funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Founded in 1970, John A. Ewing, M.D., who served as its first director, and Senator Hargrove “Skipper” Bowles, through their vision and commitment, along with that of Representative Sam Johnson, led the Bowles Center and the state of North Carolina to the forefront of research into the causes of alcoholism, the search for its prevention, better treatment, and cure. Skipper Bowles realized the importance of alcoholism research and believed that this disease had its roots in the complex workings of the human brain and genetics. Time, research, and financial support have shown that Bowles was right. Since 1994, under the direction of Fulton T. Crews, Ph.D., the Center is now internationally recognized as a leader in the field of alcoholism and addiction medicine. The Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies and its clinical partner, UNC Health Care’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program, unite researchers, physicians, and therapists from diverse fields into a focused, multidisciplinary team.
The Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies and The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program have four immediate goals:
• To identify the genes that increase the risk of alcohol- related problems and explores gene therapy.
• To make breakthrough discoveries on the basic mechanisms of addiction and translate the findings into improved treatment and prevention.
• To establish professorships dedicated to research on addiction, alcoholic liver disease, and fetal alcohol syndrome.
• To expand the treatment program into neighboring communities.
Currently, the Bowles Center has 16 faculty members from eight different departments involved in research, teaching and service. In addition, six research assistant professors, along with postdoctoral fellows, research associates and graduate students create a highly interactive research community and exciting environment for basic and clinical discovery related to the brain disease of alcoholism. Research in the Center is extremely strong in the areas of drinking and relapse behavior, molecular adaptations to alcohol that underlie tolerance, dependence and protracted withdrawal, alcohol cell signaling, and alcohol toxicology across the lifespan. The Center has international leaders in the study of ion channel regulation, protein kinases, neurodegeneration, fetal teratogenesis, genetics and behavioral pharmacology.

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:

This position is located in the Neurobehavioral Pharmacology Laboratory of the Center for Alcohol Studies. We explore excitatory neurobehavioral mechanisms that may be altered by chronic alcohol use and dependence. The primary purpose of this position is to conduct behavioral and molecular research aimed at elucidating the neurobiological and molecular processes that underlie alcohol addiction. This employee will be conducting experiments under direct supervision of a full professor, research assistant professor, and post-doctoral fellow. They will be expected to perform standardized procedures that are used in behavioral pharmacological research, including operant conditioning alcohol self-administration studies, alcohol drinking studies, motor, cognitive and anxiolytic behavioral testing in mice. These studies will require attention to detail, rigor and reproducibility and, with training, the ability to administer pharmacological drugs via multiple routes of administration. A second major component of this position is to assist in conducting molecular pharmacology experiments such as western blots, immunohistochemistry, PCR, and histology, that will complement the behavioral studies. A third component of this position is daily maintenance of the lab space and lab equipment, ordering lab supplies, management of undergraduate students, ensuring compliance with EHS, IACUC, DLAM regulations, and maintenance of a mouse colony. A fourth component of this position is data management, basic data analysis and graphing using computer software. The employee will be required to keep detailed and accurate records of experimental procedures and results, and regularly communicate with supervisor on a daily/weekly basis.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

- Some prior lab experience is required
- Must enjoy repetitive tasks
- Basic Microsoft Office knowledge

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, neuroscience, biology or related field
- Prior lab experience with mouse handling and restraint is highly preferred
- Experience with animal behavioral testing – Morris Water Maze, Open Fiend, Acoustic Startle, T-Maze are preferred but not required
- Experience in pipetting small volumes, solution preparation, and conducting western blots is highly preferred.
- The successful candidate will be able to multitask, must be highly attentive to detail and able to work comfortably in coordination with others.
- Excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills are preferred.
- We are looking for a candidate who is highly meticulous and can strive for 100% accuracy in conducting experiments while also being able to recognize shortcomings and acknowledge/correct errors as they arise.
- Good communication and organizational skills are highly desired.

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Position/Schedule Requirements:

Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Weekend work occasionally

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Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 11/30/2020
Work Type: Full Time