Research Specialist - Analytical Chemist

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Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Research Specialist - Advanced

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Research Specialist - Analytical Chemist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$55,000 - $70,000

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Full-Time Permanent

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8:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the number one pharmacy school as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020 America’s Best Graduate Schools edition. We are a nationally recognized leader in progressive pharmaceutical care practice, education and research. The School enrolls approximately 600 Doctor of Pharmacy students, 80 Ph.D. students, and 20 master’s degree students. We maintain a robust research enterprise dedicated to finding new treatments for diseases and better ways of delivering health care. The School ranks second among the nation’s pharmacy schools in external research funding received. Our mission is to develop leaders in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences who make a difference on human health worldwide.

The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is comprised of nationally recognized, dynamic and collegial faculty whose vision is to lead the nation in achieving excellence in innovative translational research, education, and progressive pharmacy practice to optimize drug therapy outcomes. Collaborative research opportunities exist with faculty in the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Center for AIDS Research, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine, Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, and other programs in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. These Schools comprise one of the nation’s few comprehensive academic health centers located on a world-class research campus. The Division has vibrant fellowship and graduate programs, including an NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in Clinical Pharmacology in collaboration with Duke University and the UNC Institute for Drug Safety Sciences.

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 Advanced Translational Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry (ATPAC) core lab consists of the Analytical Chemistry and Pharmacology Core (ACPC) lab and the Translational Oncology and Nanoparticle Drug Development Initiative (TONDDI) lab. The ATPAC core lab uses analytical chemistry and pharmacologic infrastructure to support the translational development of drugs, anticancer agents, carrier-mediated agents and biologics. The lab provides expertise in translational drug development, analytical chemistry, pharmacology [pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD); efficacy and toxicity], and biomarker studies.

The Research Specialist will perform analyses of blood/tissue samples and manage key aspects of operations of the UNC Advanced Translational Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry (ATPAC) Lab with guidance from the PI Dr. William Zamboni. The position holder will work independently to provide support to collaborator-sponsored projects in the lab; program, operate, and troubleshoot equipment and related IT systems; optimize and perform analytical assays; and serve as a backup resource for phenotypic screening assays. S/he will be expected to contribute consistent process improvement to all systems in the laboratory including communicating and managing changes to these lab processes. The position focuses on working directly with collaborators, managing laboratory operations, performing and training users for LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS analyses. The Research Specialist will support grant, contract and publication submissions by contributing budgets and writing key sections. This position will also be expected to present work locally and at scientific conferences.

The incumbent will also oversee and improve a system for tracking equipment schedules, laboratory intern schedules, QC and maintenance; manage and perform ICP-MS analysis; manage and perform LC-MS/MS Analysis; and be responsible for the supervision of Work Study Students and/or Student Interns.

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 in management of bioanalytical lab and sample analyses using LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS.

Ability to apply knowledge of sample and data collection, storage, and organization; ability to compile, assimilate and organize both printed and electronic sample records; ability to identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities and to use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; ability to clearly convey, both verbally and in writing, information and ideas to individuals and groups; and ability to use correct grammar, organization, and structure.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in laboratory/personnel management, strong analytical chemistry backgrounds, particularly in LC-MS and handling biological samples.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, On-call occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 6/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time