Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Specialist - Journey

Working Title:

Research Specialist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$49,550 - $61,339

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

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Department Name and Number:

Pathology Lab Med - Clinical-413802

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The clinical Molecular Genetics Laboratory has a research and development program to develop new DNA and RNA related assays that can be used in patient care. The goal of our laboratory is to develop, validate and implement laboratory tests for cancer, infectious disease, inherited disease, immunology, and pharmacogenetics, and to support the department and healthcare system’s training programs.

The three coequal missions of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are to: 1) provide exceptional, comprehensive, clinically effective and cost effective pathology and laboratory medicine services to UNC HealthCare patients; 2) teach clinical and scientific concepts of pathology and laboratory medicine, and mechanisms of disease to a wide variety of learners, including medical students, postdoctoral residents, MD fellows, PhD graduate students, and undergraduate students; and 3) advance the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine, and the knowledge of diseases and disease mechanisms through innovative research spanning the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical.

The Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine performs anatomic and clinical diagnostic tests on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, and performs autopsies, when requested by clinicians. The Department has a MD Residency Training Program in the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department is responsible for the teaching of undergraduate level courses. In the Graduate School, the department has a graduate program in experimental pathology which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

This department is devoted to research in many diverse areas of expertise. Many of the research initiatives are nationally and internationally known, and the Chair is dedicated to further expansion of the breadth of the research endeavors. Most research is wholly managed and funded by contracts and grants within the Department.

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 Research Specialist will independently organize and perform experiments utilizing appropriate techniques and equipment designed to accomplish specific research goals developed in concert with the Principal Investigator (Dr. Margaret Gulley) and associated faculty and staff. The employee analyst might, in turn, supervise and train others who are learning such laboratory procedures. The employee may teach procedures to medical technologists and others who will implement these tests for purposes of patient care.

Duties and responsibilities:
Design, execute, and troubleshoot complex molecular experiments related to the assay validation projects as they are approved by the Principal Investigator.
Data analysis and management.
Education and Instruction.
Maintain equipment as a core departmental resource.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of biochemical properties of nucleic acid.
Knowledge of laboratory standards and good laboratory practices.
Understanding of factors influencing assay performance and quality.
Knowledge of lab safety procedures.
Knowledge of regulations for research on human subjects.
A working knowledge of the scientific method.
Knowledge of quality assurance principles.
Laboratory experience in nucleic acid preparation and analysis, molecular biology techniques (PCR, real-time PCR, droplet digital PCR, genomic sequencing of DNA and RNA), and handling human tissues is required.
Understanding massive parallel sequencing and PCR technologies including benchwork and bioinformatics.

Preferred Qualifications:

At least 5 years of professional experience in design and implementation of nucleic acid experiments.

Certification as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Carcinogen handlers (Labworkers), Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally, Evening work occasionally

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Posted: 1/1/2021
Application Due: 1/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time