Research Specialist

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Research Specialist - Journey

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Research Specialist

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Chapel Hill, NC

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Laboratory Management and Services

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The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster the best possible nutrition. Our signature theme is to integrate nutrition from cell to society to make a difference in the public’s health. The mission of our school is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world.

The Department of Nutrition is an academic and research unit located in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Department consists of 44 EPA Faculty, 28 joint and adjunct faculty, an administrative staff of 7.5 FTE’s; and 15 FTE research staff members.

The Department offers four-degree programs; BSPH, BSPH/MS dual degree, MPH and PhD. In addition, a joint MPH/RD degree in Nutrition is available. Currently the department educates 174 students, including 52 doctoral students, 73 Masters and 49 Bachelors Students.

The Department of Nutrition is recognized as a global leader in research and training and is unique in that it is the only one in the U.S. that is situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine. We engage in innovative work that capitalizes on both these schools’ historical approaches to health, and thus our department has an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches, literally spanning from cell to society, moving from discovery to delivery. The work of department faculty and students is carried out throughout North Carolina and spans the globe to communities and populations in China, India, Malawi, Spain and The Philippines, to name a few.

Our ultimate goal is to find solutions and produce research and intervention techniques that improve the health of people everywhere. Our faculty train students in nutritional sciences, clinical nutrition, and public health to become global leaders and policy makers in their fields. They participate in a broad range of research in the physiological, biochemical, and behavioral aspects of nutrition and their respective practical applications. Our areas of focus are balanced by a commitment to research that improves the health of minority and underserved global populations.

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.

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

Position Description:

Research Specialist in a research laboratory that focuses on disease induced by exposure to environmental contaminants and role of diet/nutrients as modifiers of these diseases.

Research specialist will carry out studies of diabetes induced by exposure to environmental chemicals. He/she will perform complex experiments involving laboratory mice, in vitro models, and chemical analysis, using existing procedures and protocols. He/she will be responsible for studying literature related to the research goals, for developing research plans, conducting experiments, recording, and analyzing and interpreting data. The position may initiate development of new experimental design and methods. Work includes training and supervision of others.

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:

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong knowledge of biology, physiology, chemistry or biochemistry and understanding of processes that regulate metabolism nutrients and/or drugs. Knowledge and hands-on experience with analytical chemistry, especially with methods used for elemental analysis is also required.

Knowledge –Professional/Scientific: Knowledge and ability to adapt work process and methods based on findings and literature review with limited supervision.

Knowledge of scientific principles to modify procedures in response to changing conditions; knowledge of and skill in operating highly-specialized instruments and/or equipment.

Research Design: Ability to use the research literature to design detailed experimental methods, procedures and/or techniques. Ability to identify data collection methodology. Ability to plan and document resources needed to conduct experiments. Ability to prepare/assist in research project budget(s). Ability to assist in designing quality control measures.

Conducting Experiments/Procedures: Ability to identify problems, troubleshoot and analyze variations observed and reported in regular testing protocols; ability to modify, refine or adapt techniques and procedures; ability to modify and/or adjust quality control measures. Ability to coordinate multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project. Ability to serve as an expert in conducting a specialized technique(s) or procedure(s).

Data Analysis: Ability to collect and analyze data for accuracy, validity, and integrity. Ability to monitor documentation of results; ability to review and recognizes documentation which may lead to modification and adaptation of research methodologies; may require ability to collaborate with others. Ability to adapt and/or modify experimental methods based upon interpretation of data. Ability to contribute to preparation of publications and/or reports; ability to make presentations within department and/or at professional conferences. Ability to assist in grant writing and proposal development.

Laboratory Management: Ability to plan and monitor resources needed to operate the laboratory; ability to maintain inventory control; ability to coordinate space, field, equipment and/or facilities; may require ability to monitor expenditures. Ability to evaluate and modify quality assurance procedures. Ability to coordinate and train others to ensure compliance with safety measures and guidelines including those related to hazardous waste/materials.

Communication: Ability to lead exchange of research information through demonstration and instruction. Ability to contribute to preparation of publications and/or reports; ability to make presentations within department and/or at professional conferences. Ability to assist in grant writing and proposal development.

Instruction: Ability to train others in the performance of complex tests and procedures and the proper use and care of specialized equipment. Ability to document experimental processes and results in reports and/or publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

BS or MS degree in biology, chemistry or related sciences. A 5-years or more experience in designing and performing experiments involving laboratory mice, including sample/data collection and analysis, and experiments involving cell/tissue culture. A minimum 2-year experience in performing chemical analyses using optical and mass spectrometric methods, including data analysis. Ability to supervise students and trainees. Experience in maintaining biomedical/chemical laboratory and ordering lab supplies.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Carcinogen handlers (Labworkers), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Posted: 3/4/2021
Application Due: 3/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time