Research Specialist

Job description

Position Type:

Temporary Staff (SHRA)

Job Title:

Research Specialist

Department Name:

Surgery - Transplant - 414035

Vacancy ID:


Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Qualifications


Part-Time Temporary

If part-time, how many hours per week?:


Estimated Duration of Appointment:


Posting Open Date:


Posting Close Date:


Description of Work:

Our group invites applications from highly motivated scientists for a part-time Research Specialist Position to research the mechanisms by which RAS and RAS-related proteins act to drive tumorigenesis, and to investigate strategies to block RAS activity in cancer cells. The ideal candidate will possess the knowledge and ability to independently adapt work process and methods based on findings and literature review and contribute new knowledge and/or techniques. Ability to plan and design specific experimental procedures in support of ongoing research projects. Ability to lead multiple, concurrent projects and/or multi-faceted projects; ability to direct others in making modifications. Ability to co-author/author manuscripts and publications and to serve as primary presenter within department and/or at professional conferences. Ability to collaborate in the conception and design of original research and be able to write grants and proposals.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: 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.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in protein biochemistry, structural biology, cancer biology or a closely related discipline with significant expertise in macromolecular x-ray crystallography and protein biochemistry is preferred. Additional skills in mammalian tissue culture, protein expression/purification and molecular cloning are also desirable.

Essential Skills/Knowledge/Abilities: Expertise in protein crystallization and structure determination is required. Expertise in biochemistry/biophysics with an ability to design and conduct protein activity and protein/protein interaction assays. Demonstrated success with recombinant protein expression using different platforms (E. coli, mammalian, insect cells, etc.) and purification using automated chromatography systems (such as GE AKTA and BioRad NGC). Experience in mammalian tissue culture with the ability to generate mammalian expression vectors for chemical or viral transfection into normal and cancer cell lines and perform analyses to assess cellular growth, migration and signaling. Knowledge of software programs such as GraphPad Prism, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

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.

Stimulus/ARRA Funded:


Temporary Employment Policies:

Temporary Employment Policies




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 1/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time