Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Specialist - Journey

Working Title:

Research Specialist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$49,550 - $60,561

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

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday 8-5

Rotating evenings, weekends and during inclement weather.

Department Name and Number:

Pathology Lab Med - FOBRL-413806

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Francis Owen Blood Research Laboratory is a research facility housing a unique colony of hemophiliac canine and swine. The mission of the FOBRL is to reduce human suffering from bleeding, thrombosis, and atherosclerosis through the study of these independent and collaborative study of these models by providing careful, humane care and breeding of the animals. Our goal is to provide both well-characterized animals with inherited bleeding disorders and expert scientific support to investigators studying coagulation and thrombosis. As such, the FOBRL functions as a Core Laboratory to provide these animals for collaborating investigators. Further, the FOBRL provides state of the art teaching and training for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, as well as established scientists.

The three coequal missions of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are to: 1) provide exceptional, comprehensive, clinically effective and cost effective pathology and laboratory medicine services to UNC HealthCare patients; 2) teach clinical and scientific concepts of pathology and laboratory medicine, and mechanisms of disease to a wide variety of learners, including medical students, postdoctoral residents, MD fellows, PhD graduate students, and undergraduate students; and 3) advance the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine, and the knowledge of diseases and disease mechanisms through innovative research spanning the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical.

The Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine performs anatomic and clinical diagnostic tests on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, and performs autopsies, when requested by clinicians. The Department has a MD Residency Training Program in the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department is responsible for the teaching of undergraduate level courses. In the Graduate School, the department has a graduate program in experimental pathology which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

This department is devoted to research in many diverse areas of expertise. Many of the research initiatives are nationally and internationally known, and the Chair is dedicated to further expansion of the breadth of the research endeavors. Most research is wholly managed and funded by contracts and grants within 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 employee will work in a team setting to: evaluate a colony of research dogs and pigs daily for health status; determine if emergency medical care is needed; prioritize the delivery of such medical care; communicate with veterinarians, PI, and supervisors; plan the daily work operations; delegate duties as necessary to provide treatment to all animals; trouble shoot and solve problems; maintain an orderly work flow; ensure clinical care and research are both being accomplished; ensure all IACUC and USDA requirements and AAALACi recommendations are met; maintain inventories for clinical and research related procedures; work with the supervisors and PI to produce, select, and maintain breeder and research animals; maintain complete, detailed and accurate records of clinical and research animals; provide dental and hoof care as needed; and facilitate communications among the research team.

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:

Experience managing/evaluating dogs that have various medical conditions. At a minimum, this should include experience with venipuncture and delivery of and recovery from anesthesia.

Availability to work rotating evenings, weekends, and during inclement weather.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum five years’ experience managing/evaluating dogs that have various medical conditions.

Experience with breeding dogs and/or pigs and maintaining germ lines of animals with inherited disorders.

Research experience in a university setting with large animal models of disease while maintaining IACUC and USDA requirements and AAALACi recommendations.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

Must be able to move animals up to 700 pounds with or without accommodation.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Laboratory, Night work occasionally, Overtime occasionally, Rotating shifts, Weekend work occasionally

Position Attributes:

Severe Weather Essential and Communicable Disease Mandatory Employee

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Posted: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 5/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time