Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Specialist - Journey

Working Title:

Research Specialist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

49,550 - 68,286

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Department Name and Number:

Psychiatry - Research-412250

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

This basic science laboratory and core facility supports research using mouse models of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Studies focus on developmental time course and characteristics of behavioral phenotypes in pharmacologic and genetic models, with the goal of providing a neurobiological basis for new and improved therapeutics. The laboratory carries out research projects from multiple principle investigators, and also pilots and validates new methods for behavioral testing. A secondary purpose involves training and supervision of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, and other personnel in the use of phenotyping techniques and the transformation and analysis of data from behavioral studies

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:

The major function of the position is to conduct research aimed at defining behavioral and brain changes in genetic and environmental mouse models of psychiatric disorders, and the preclinical evaluation of new treatments. Primary roles include behavioral phenotyping, data analysis, preparation of scientific reports and presentation of results, and laboratory management. The employee will be responsible for projects utilizing a broad range of test procedures to measure behavior and responses to pharmacological challenges, and will need to independently execute and/or oversee long-term testing and treatment regimens, minor rodent surgical procedures, and biological specimen collection and processing. The person in this position will need to provide training and supervision of post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and research technicians, and assist in educational laboratory demonstrations. Another role is insuring compliance with University guidelines for environmental health and safety, employee training, and for animal use.

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:

General knowledge of standard research methods for rodent behavioral phenotyping and preclinical drug preparation and administration. General knowledge of the processes used for data management and statistical analysis. Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Must be able and willing to work with rodents and biohazardous materials. Must be able to perform duties including animal handling and precise surgical procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited institution, in the area of psychology, neurobiology, neuropharmacology, or a related area of neuroscience. Two or more years of research experience with rodent behavioral testing, collection of biological samples, and surgical techniques.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 1/20/2021
Application Due: 1/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time