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This Position is Partially Grant Funded

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.


Accessioning Unit / Repository

The Accessioning Unit (AU) / Repository in The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) receives human and non-human primate whole blood and isolates sera, plasma, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from these samples. The AU / Repository also stores isolated samples, retrieves frozen samples, and provides samples to investigators inside and outside DHVI. The AU / Repository also provides domestic and international shipping service for investigators at DHVI. All processing and storage is completed under established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are overseen by the Quality Assurance for Duke Vaccine Immunogenicity Program (QADVIP).


  • Coordinate with DHVI staff and DHVI customers on domestic and international shipments.
  • Coordinate with DHVI staff and DHVI customers on retrieval of specimens housed in the AU / Repository.
  • Isolation of plasma and PBMCs from human blood following Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines.
  • Isolation of plasma and PBMCs from blood and other specimens derived from humans, non-human primates, and other animal species; perform cryopreservation and maintain excellent records of processed and stored materials.
  • Maintain the maintenance of logs and reports regarding processing, storage, and retrieval of specimens retained in the AU / Repository.
  • Maintain accurate inventories of materials in the AU / Repository, using software tools mandated by AU / Repository Manager.
  • Setup, operate, repair, clean and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties.
  • Read, understand, and follow SOPs.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the AU / Repository Director, Manager, or senior lab staff.


  • You must be willing and available to work flexible hours which may include later start and end times with the understanding that work hours may need to be extended until a project/task has reached a logical and acceptable stopping point to maintain the integrity of the science.

Required Qualifications at this Level

  • Education/Training: Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.
  • Experience: None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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