Advanced Research Technician

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Research Technician - Advanced

Working Title:

Advanced Research Technician

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$44,282 - $54,123

Pay Band Information:

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

3 years

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday- Friday; 8am-5pm
Hours may vary based on the project needs

Department Name and Number:

Globl Hlth and Infect Disease-427801

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Closing Date:


Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Division of Infectious Diseases develops ongoing clinical, educational, and research programs directed toward the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Working In nine countries, throughout the state, and across campus, the Division’s goals include:
• Coordinating basic and applied research in infectious diseases and fostering collaboration among other Investigators and researchers.
• Coordinating outreach activities with UNC-CH School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and other Departments/Centers, as well as appropriate State of North Carolina agencies.
• Improving clinical care in infectious diseases, including activities related to the management of HIV and other infectious diseases; activities related to emerging pathogens, international health, and clinical outreach.
• Infectious disease prevention activities, including a focus on vaccine development and vaccination practices.

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 necessary to provide essential support for the ongoing experimental processes in the laboratory. Work requires advanced knowledge of applicable laboratory procedures, tests, techniques, and terminology. This position requires advanced-level research support, data collection, and data analysis. This position will provide research support by performing molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid extraction from blood and tissue specimens and PCR analysis, processing samples for DNA sequencing and sequencing analysis, and molecular cloning. This position will also provide support in mouse handling and restraint, mouse survival surgeries, performing experimental procedures on mice, conducting experiments, data analysis, and data entry. Additional duties include general laboratory care (autoclaving, dishwashing, stocking and inventory laboratory supplies), preparing common laboratory solutions and media. This position will provide technical troubleshooting and optimization in molecular biology. This position will also help provide training to new laboratory personnel in molecular biology and animal handling techniques.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Relevant and recent animal laboratory work experience required.
Relevant and recent experience in molecular biology techniques required.
Must be skilled in mouse research techniques. Relevant cell culture, aseptic technique, and flow cytometry experience are required.
Must have recent experience working with pathogens and infected samples under BSL2.5 or higher containment.
Must possess mobility and strength to store and access research samples, reagents, and supplies.
Should be able to analyze data digitally and manually while able to clearly communicate information both verbally and in written form.
Should be proficient or able to learn multiple computer software platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field is highly preferred.
Prefer experience working with HIV and HIV-infected samples.
Specific skills in mouse research techniques including handling and restraint, IP injections, administering injectable anesthesia, necropsy, biological fluid/tissue collection, and processing samples for IHC, flow cytometry, and PCR are desired.
Specific skills in molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid extraction from mammalian cells and biological fluids using Qiagen columns and proteinase K, preparation of samples for real-time PCR analysis are desired.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

Must have the ability to perform many varied tasks (i.e. fine motor skills, excellent hand-eye coordination, and a high level of concentration to perform challenging techniques) with or without accommodation

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Laboratory

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Job No:
Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 1/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time