Research Specialist

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Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Research Specialist - Journey

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Research Specialist

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$48,154- $56,000

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Full-Time Permanent

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Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

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Research Professionals

Department Description:

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the number one pharmacy school as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020 America’s Best Graduate Schools edition. We are a nationally recognized leader in progressive pharmaceutical care practice, education and research. The School enrolls approximately 600 Doctor of Pharmacy students, 80 Ph.D. students, and 20 master’s degree students. We maintain a robust research enterprise dedicated to finding new treatments for diseases and better ways of delivering health care. The School ranks second among the nation’s pharmacy schools in external research funding received. Our mission is to develop leaders in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences who make a difference on human health worldwide.

The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is comprised of nationally recognized, dynamic and collegial faculty whose vision is to lead the nation in achieving excellence in innovative translational research, education, and progressive pharmacy practice to optimize drug therapy outcomes. Collaborative research opportunities exist with faculty in the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Center for AIDS Research, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine, Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, and other programs in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. These Schools comprise one of the nation’s few comprehensive academic health centers located on a world-class research campus. The Division has vibrant fellowship and graduate programs, including an NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in Clinical Pharmacology in collaboration with Duke University and the UNC Institute for Drug Safety Sciences.

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 Heinzen Lab in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy focuses on studying the genetic and genomic basis of epilepsy disorders, including analyses of the role of germline and somatic mutations, and how the regulation of the cellular transcriptome influences the risk and presentation of seizures. The lab uses human induced pluripotent stem cell derived neuronal models’ systems to determine how the epilepsy causing genetic variants contribute to disease pathophysiology and to explore novel approaches to drug therapy.

We are seeking a full-time Research Specialist to facilitate and help lead research efforts in the lab. Specifically, the Research Specialist will participate extensively in the experiment design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The role will be involved with protocol modifications and evaluation of the research study, as well as the study outcome literature and presentation. It serves as the secondary research contact behind the PI. The incumbent will participate with training and handle lab management. The job will be responsible for maintaining cell lines and performing experiments in human induced pluripotent derived neurons and human brain tissue specimens. Experimental procedures will include DNA and RNA extractions, PCR and rtPCR, cell based assays, cyrosectioning, cloning, FAC sorting, immunohistochemistry, imaging, and single cell RNA sequencing.

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:

Must be able to read and understand the scientific literature and execute experiments as outlined in laboratory protocols. A high level of responsibility, motivation, attention to detail, independence, and good written and verbal communication skills are required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word) and strong math skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Genetics, Neuroscience, or related discipline with 2-3 years of previous research experience in a biomedical or biological sciences laboratory required. Research experience with human induced pluripotent stem cell models preferred but not required.

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Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time