Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Specialist - Contributing

Working Title:

Research Specialist

Position Number:

20037538, 20037539 and 20037540

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

1 year with the possibility of extension

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Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Department of Epidemiology is one of the seven departments located in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The department’s primary focus is the development and application of research methods to understand the patterns and causes of health and disease, and the application of that knowledge to improving the health of populations. We provide strong training in research methods and opportunities for the application of epidemiology to a wide range of health problems through our research. The achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni have enabled us to become one of the leading academic departments of epidemiology in the world. The department has 30 Tenured-Tenure Track / 10 Joint Tenure-Track Faculty, 25 Fixed Term / 2 Joint Fixed Term Faculty, 119 Adjuncts, 18 EHRA Non-Faculty, 18 Postdocs, 40 SHRA (Staff), 16 SHRA Temporary, 14 SHRA Students and 204 Students (150 PhD, 24 MSPH/PhD, 10 MPH, and 20 MSCR. The department was responsible for the administration of grants and contracts in excess of $28 million for the last fiscal year.

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:


Please Note: This posting is for multiple positions. By applying for this position means that you will be considered for all three positions: 20037538; 20037539; and 20037540

The primary purpose of this position is to aid investigators in a large laboratory in using coronaviruses as models to study the genetics of RNA virus transcription, replication, persistence, pathogenesis, genetics, and cross-species transmission. The person(s) to fill these positions will be part of a team whose goal is to identify and develop new strategies to treat and prevent current and future emerging coronavirus infections.

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:

This position requires unsupervised organizational and experimental skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• Expertise in using mouse models highly preferred
• Mouse colony maintenance, including breeding and general husbandry
• Experience with culturing and maintaining eukaryotic tissue culture cells is highly preferred
• Excellent molecular biology skills (i.e. experience with E.coli culture and DNA extraction, restriction digestions, PCR, DNA fragment purification, ligations, and eukaryotic cell transfections, DNA and RNA quantitation, RNA extractions) and experience performing sequence alignment are preferred.
• Expertise in protein purification techniques
• BSL3 experience is a plus but not required

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

Ability to work with potentially infectious viruses in confined space

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Weekend work occasionally

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Posted: 1/20/2021
Application Due: 2/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time