Research Technician

Job description

Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Research Technician - Advanced

Working Title:

Research Technician

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$35,000 - $45,000

Pay Band Information:

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

3 years

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Department Name and Number:

Lineberger Compr Cancer Center-426801

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, founded in 1975, is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. The Center’s mission is to reduce cancer occurrence and death in North Carolina and the nation through research, treatment, training and outreach.
The Center for AIDS Research/Swanstrom Laboratory in the Lineberger Cancer Center carries out research on human retroviruses, especially HIV-1 the AIDS virus. The aims of the laboratory are as follows: 1. carry out laboratory-based AIDS research in transmission, pathogenesis, drug resistance, and vaccine development using state of the art technologies for culturing and quantitating relevant viruses and for genotyping viral and cellular genomes; and 2. receive and store for the short-term and long-term storage of biological specimens (peripheral blood mononuclear cells, plasma, serum, CSF, genital secretions, etc.) for future study.

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 primary goal of this position is to assist the lab in carrying out next generation deep sequencing analysis of HIV from human specimens, mainly plasma specimens. This will involve extraction of viral RNA, cDNA synthesis and PCR amplification, and library preparation prior to sequencing. After sequencing the data must be processed using Primer ID then analyzed using phylogenetic tools.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Experience with basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques. Experience with viral RNA extraction from human specimens, purification, PCR and RT-PCR.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with safety procedures in the BLS2/BSL2+ laboratory.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Laboratory, Overtime occasionally

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Posted: 4/18/2021
Application Due: 5/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time