Research Technician - Contributing

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Working Title:

Research Technician - Contributing

Position Number:



HSH VC EC Diabetes and Obesity Inst

Advertising Department:



Health Sciences

Competency Level:

1 - Contributing

Number of Vacancies:


Full Time Equivalent (FTE):


Hourly Salary Rate/Range:

$11.63 - $15.85

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Position Type:

Temporary Staff

Job Category:

Staff - Temporary

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:

The mission of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute is to develop, promote, facilitate, and support interdisciplinary basic and clinical research in disorders of metabolism including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cancer.

Job Duties :

The lab is located at East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute in East Carolina Heart Institute. We are working on the structure and function of carbohydrate transporters (important membrane proteins involved in cancer, diabetes and aging), glucose conjugation and transport of salicylic acid
(with role in the plant defense against pathogens), protein engineering, and drug discovery for cancer and diabetes treatment. The experiments involve molecular biology, membrane protein purification (from bacterial, yeast, insect and human cells), x-ray protein crystallography, small angle
x-ray scattering, computational modeling, biochemical and biophysical protein characterization. The research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and we have international collaborators for the projects. We are looking for someone to help with the daily lab operation and do exciting science

Duties and responsibilities:
Clean and organize the laboratory.
Check stock of laboratory consumables and chemicals and report to PI.
Make cell culture media, buffers, and solutions.
Culture bacteria, yeast, insect or mammalian cells for protein expression.
Purify DNA and proteins.
Set up protein crystallization with drug candidates.
Characterize proteins with biochemical and biophysical methods (SDS-PAGE gel, Western, ITC,
transport assay, etc)
Assist with data collection at synchrotron, cryo-EM, and neutron beam facilities.
Perform other related duties as assigned

Minimum Education/Experience:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

Minimum – BS in Biochemistry or related field.
Experience in a biology or chemistry laboratory
Knowing how to purify DNA and proteins.
Preference to candidates who know computer programming (especially Linux shell script) and are
good in scientific writing.

License or Certification Required by the Department:


Special Instructions to Applicant:

  • Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.
  • If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).
  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date indicated.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment:

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:

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Job No:
Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 6/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time