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School of Medicine:

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Occupational Summary

The Asokan laboratory in the Department of Surgery is focused on gene therapy research. Ongoing efforts include advancing viral vector development through our expertise in molecular biology and scalable recombinant virus production capabilities. We are currently seeking to hire a skilled research technician to assist in the production of viral vectors for different gene therapy applications. A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided according to the Duke University School of Medicine guidelines.

Work Performed

The candidate will work closely with the AAV production team and is expected to independently perform daily activities in the laboratory, which include:

- Cell culture maintenance
- Standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. maxi preps, transfections, PCR, RNA and DNA extraction, molecular cloning, gel electrophoresis etc.)
- Preparation of culture media, chemicals, buffers, reagents and solutions
- Operate laboratory equipment such as incubators, ultracentrifuges, chromatography and other specialized equipment utilized for virus production
- Follow SOPs, document protocols and methods, compile and graph data
- Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for vector production
- Routinely clean and maintain laboratory equipment
- Maintain database of different plasmids and viral vector preparations

Minimum Qualifications

Work generally requires a Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology or biomedical engineering or related scientific field. Completed Bachelor's degree is strongly preferred.

Prior cell culture and protein/DNA purification experience is strongly preferred.
Experience with molecular cloning techniques is preferred.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 2/22/2021
Application Due: 5/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time