Research Technician

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Research Technician - Journey

Working Title:

Research Technician

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$35,809 - $41,777

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Department Name and Number:

Pathology Lab Med - Research-413804

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Flick Lab is housed within the UNC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Research in the Flick Lab focuses on cellular, biochemical, and biophysical mechanisms that contribute to normal and abnormal blood coagulation and diseases involving blood and vascular proteins and cells.

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.

Position Description:


The Research Technician will perform mouse husbandry, genotyping, and other tasks necessary to maintain a large and complex mouse colony. This will include detailed record-keeping, interactions with laboratory members in experiment planning, and regular presentations to laboratory members on colony status. The Research Technician will perform scientific experiments and analyses as requested and supervised by the PIs and Research Specialists. These may include but are not limited to experiments to examine blood clot formation and quality, histology, microscopy, cell culture, media and reagent preparation, and immunoassays. The Technician will be expected to present data to the PIs and Research Specialists and execute next experimental steps upon consultation and review. The Research Technician will also perform activities needed to support general lab functioning and maintenance; these include but are not limited to autoclaving, EHS requirements, placing orders, organizing paperwork, and maintaining regulatory documents, and orienting student members on general laboratory organization and functioning.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Scientific skills: Basic knowledge and experience of mouse handling, PCR, performing calculations needed to carry out experiments, handling paperwork related to laboratory management, laboratory notebook maintenance.

Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint.

Professional skills: Strong organizational skills, attention to details, ability to work independently, follow complex instructions, work well in team dynamic, maintain accurate records, meet deadlines

Because this position will serve in mouse colony maintenance, it is a Severe Weather Essential and Communicable Disease Mandatory Employee position, and the employee must be willing to perform experiments on small lab animals and understand the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: High school diploma, proficiency in college-level coursework in chemistry, biology, and related disciplines.

Scientific skills: Advanced knowledge and experience in mouse handling and husbandry, PCR, gel electrophoresis, autoclaving, handling samples containing bloodborne pathogens, managing laboratory inventories (freezer logs, chemical inventories, etc). Experienced in data analysis using GraphPad Prism.

Professional skills: Prior experience conducting basic research in a biochemical laboratory setting.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

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

Position Attributes:

Severe Weather Essential and Communicable Disease Mandatory Employee

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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 9/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time