Research Associate

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)


Biochemistry and Biophysics-423001

Working Title:

Research Associate

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Summary:

The Research Associate position will independently design, collect, and analyze research data for several experimental projects investigating the origin of protein synthesis according to a coded template, Translatomics of Ribosome-Free Coded Peptide Bond Formation, and reconstruction of evolutionary aminoacyl-tRNA synthetasetRNA cognate pair likely to resemble intermediates in the evolution of the genetic code. An ideal candidate will have extensive experience and enthusiasm for molecular biology, preparative biochemistry, laboratory conditions for RNA biology, on the one hand, and enzymology and data analysis on the other hand. The selected candidate will be expected co-author papers as well as present results at meetings and conferences. It’s also expected that the candidate will assist in acquiring laboratory funds through grant writing and proposals.

Educational Requirements:

PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or (Molecular) Biology

Qualifications and Experience:

Major responsibilities of this position include general lab management, independent design and implementation of experimental protocols, scientific and budgetary record keeping, and acting as liaison for Health and Safety. Procedures include PCR, in vitro transcription, PAGE purification of RNAs, enzymatic reactions, protein expression and purification, single turnover and steady state enzymatic assays. Independent initiative, curiosity, enthusiasm for laboratory experimentation and the scientific method, and willingness to learn are more important than experience with any one particular skill.

Previous work with RNA, and proven cleanliness is preferred.

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time