Research Specialist

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Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Research Specialist - Journey

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Research Specialist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$40,000 - $45,000

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Full-Time Time-Limited

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Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Name and Number:

Microbiology and Immunology-422501

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is one of the largest basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The department has multiple missions: teaching, research and service to the State. The department trains PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows to become future scientists, researchers and faculty. We teach undergraduate courses that train medical students, dental, pharmacology, and nursing students in the basics of immunology and microbiology/bacteriology. The students go on to become physicians, dentist, pharmacists and nurses. All faculty integral to our teaching program are full members of the department. Joint faculty, especially from clinical departments, augment these efforts. Our research mission is what makes us a unique organization.

Our ability to ask and answer questions of biological and clinical relevance is extraordinary. This is enhanced by our clinical faculty located in the hospital and the collection of joint faculty who are medical doctors. The research interests of the department also overlaps significantly with other programs on campus, and many of our faculty are affiliated with these programs. We have important and close interactions with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Curriculum in Genetics, Program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Thurston Bowles Arthritis Center and the Neuroscience Center. The service mission to the state is carried out in a variety of ways and that includes principally the supervision of the clinical microbiology and immunology labs. Unusual among medical school faculty who supervise clinical bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunology, all have primary academic appoints in the department.

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 Research Specialist will be involved in various ongoing projects on the pathogenesis of infectious respiratory diseases. This will involve microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and animal studies. The Research Specialist will support ongoing studies in the lab, assist with lab organization and management, and be responsible for ordering, lab safety requirements, and standard experimental protocols and procedures. The applicant will also be responsible for training and supervising new lab personnel. It is anticipated that the Research Specialist will contribute to the lab’s research at a level that will earn authorship on peer-reviewed publications.

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:

Must have good organizational and communication skills, both written and oral. Must be familiar with research lab safety standard operating procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences (preferably including microbiology, biochemistry, and genetics coursework).

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Night work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally, Laboratory

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Posted: 4/25/2021
Application Due: 5/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time