Research Technician

Job description

Position Type:

Temporary Staff (SHRA)

Job Title:

Research Technician

Department Name:

Renaissance Computing Inst - 637100

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Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Hiring Range:

$13.00 - $15.00 per hour


Part-Time Temporary

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Estimated Duration of Appointment:

6 months not to exceed 11 months

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Description of Work:

Exposures to wildfire smoke is an emerging public health threat yet little is known if and to what extent in utero exposure to wildfire smoke affects the offspring. To accomplish this goal this team will link existing EPA air pollution datasets, with existing medical records data from the UNC HealthCare System, prescription data from MarketScan and Medicare databases and North Carolina state birth registry data, within the secure data confines of the Sheps Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These datasets will be used to examine the impact of the 2008 peat wildfire in eastern North Carolina and the November 2016 Great Smoky mountains wildfire, whose smoke drifted as far east as central North Carolina. We will compare incidence and severity of respiratory and atopic disease as well as related ER admissions among those exposed in critical periods of childhood and gestation to those who were not exposed to wildfire. Disease and/or severity will be defined via diagnostic codes recorded in medical records as well as prescription histories. Birth records will be used to assess representativeness of electronic medical records and prescription datasets. To accomplish this goal we are looking for someone with a background in epidemiology and/or computational biology with experience in incorporating larger databases into population-based analyses of health effects to support this work. Demonstrated knowledge in computational biology and/or analyses/integration of larger databases is required.

Education and Experience:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

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.

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