Research Technician

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Research Technician - Journey

Working Title:

Research Technician

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$35,809 - $40,000

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

3 years

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Work Schedule:

M-F, 8am – 5pm

Department Name and Number:

Neuroscience Center-428601

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The UNC Neuroscience Center is an inter-departmental research center on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Our mission is to promote various and extensive neuroscience research with a specific emphasis on developmental, cellular, and disease-related processes.

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:


A full-time research technician position is available in the UNC Neuroscience Center in the newly established Baldwin lab.

The research technician will perform lab organizational tasks, mouse colony maintenance, and cellular and molecular biology experiments to support research projects investigating astrocyte cell biology in brain development and disease.

Lab organizational duties include ordering supplies and reagents; ensuring laboratory compliance with mandated safety protocols; disposal of chemical and biohazardous waste, and maintenance of lab equipment. Mouse colony maintenance duties include keeping an accurate and current record of all animals, monitoring breeding cages for new litters, collecting and processing samples for genotyping, ensuring laboratory compliance with animal protocols and ethical standards, and performing routine animal-related procedures such as ear tagging, drug administration and tissue collection. Cellular and molecular biology tasks include collecting and processing mouse brain tissue for histology and performing immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy; generation of DNA plasmids using molecular cloning techniques; work with primary astrocyte and neuron cultures and established cell lines.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Previous laboratory experience, attention to detail, ability to perform reproducible laboratory experiments and maintain accurate records of experimental procedures, observations, and collected data.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience working with mice or rats in a laboratory setting is preferred. Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, and plasmid preparation is strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree in biology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, or related field preferred

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Weekend work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time