Laboratory Assistant

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Technician - Contributing

Working Title:

Laboratory Assistant

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$31,388- $35,000

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

1 year

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Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Laboratory Management and Services

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 Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry (CPAC) Laboratory in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy facilitates the development of safe, effective strategies for HIV prevention, treatment, and cure. To achieve this goal, the CPAC Core provides expertise in small molecule drug development to assist investigators in nearly all aspects of HIV pharmacology research. This full-spectrum support, unique to our Core facility, helps advance preclinical and clinical HIV research towards ending the HIV epidemic.

We are seeking a full-time laboratory assistant that will perform a variety of support tasks in a laboratory, including but not limited to the following:

Lab Operations & Documentation (30%)
•Monitor and record freezer, cold room, and ambient temperatures and adding records to laboratory notebooks
•Schedule waste pick-ups as needed and disposing of biological waste, empty chemical bottles, and empty shipping boxes
•Perform end of day laboratory inspection and documents completion
•Archive study packets (by scanning, binding, and filing) in a timely and organized manner for easy retrieval
Lab Maintenance (15%)
•Perform daily calibration checks of pH meter and balance and Di Water resistivity monitoring and Clean all laboratory glassware and plasticware
•Ensure laboratory general cleanliness, remove ice buildup from freezers, and replace pH meter buffer solution
•Schedule laboratory equipment maintenance including balances, pipettes, centrifuges, refrigerator, and freezer repairs and maintain physical and electronic records for easy retrieval. Ensure sterility of distilled water sources according to Section 10 of CPAC SOP-0121.

Sample Coordination (30%)
•Independently coordinate sample shipments with investigators and communicate sample or manifest issues to ensure timely receipt and analysis of samples
•Assist research scientists as needed in labeling sample tubes, preparing solutions or blank matrices and weighing samples under analyst supervision
•Receive, verify, log-in and return/dispose (according to investigator preference) samples
•Communicate sample receipt or issues with the Laboratory team through weekly laboratory meetings and/or through real-time updating of the CPAC management system Pipefy.

Laboratory Finance and Procurement (15%)
•Manage Quartzy requests and coordinate with the finance office to create purchase orders and procure products and services on behalf of laboratory members
•Ensure procurement activities are conducted in accordance with University regulations, conduct consumables inventory and ensure supplies are ordered and stocked, and Ensure freezer and equipment inventory documents are up to date and accurate
•Prepare invoices for completed Core services under the supervision of the Laboratory Program Manager and/or Co-director. Prepare monthly expense and revenue reports and participate in monthly meetings with QA Manager, Program Manager and Co-Director to discuss report details and operational activities.

Lab Safety (10%)
•Review, revise and draft pertinent SOPs (as needed) to ensure documentation of laboratory policies and procedures is up to date
•Monitor and scheduling BSC, fume hood, eye wash stations, and fire extinguisher services
•Schedule annual fire safety training with EHS for all laboratory personnel, and ensure documentation of laboratory personnel participation in GMB fire drills.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Familiarity with general operational procedures in a laboratory environment including documentation, equipment maintenance, and general finance and procurement.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of UNC laboratory procedures and standard practice.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

After proper training, applicant must be willing to work in a laboratory that handles HIV-infected samples. After proper training, applicant must be willing to work in a laboratory that handles simian herpes B-infected samples. Applicant must be willing to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory

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Job No:
Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time