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School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

This position will perform a variety of complex technical duties including: 1) Process, aliquot, label, store, and track biological specimens (blood and body fluids) from patients; work in a biological safety laboratory (BSL)-2+ approved laboratory environment; perform laboratory experiments to obtain data; and compile and document experimental data for use by investigators. 2) Confer with principal investigator and co-investigators to review work assignments and develop plans for biological specimen processing and research experiments. 3) Make minor modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular equipment as required. 4) Review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments and procedures.

Work Performed

  1. Separate patient blood samples into plasma, serum, red blood cell, and white blood cell components. (20%)
  2. Separate patient body fluid samples into cell pellet and supernatant fractions. (20%)
  3. Use Cytospin to make slides for microscopic examination by investigators. (15%)
  4. Perform basic laboratory experiments such as ELISA, western blot, and PCR. (15%)
  5. Prepare culture media from commercial products for cellular cryopreservation, chemicals, reagents, and solutions. (10%)
  6. Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment. (10%)
  7. Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests and sample processing. (5%)
  8. Maintain database for raw data from scientific experiments to be used for analysis by the investigators. (5%)

Required qualifications at this Level


The work generally requires skills acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or other scientific field.


No prior work experience is required.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke 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 essentialjob 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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Job No:
Posted: 1/9/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time