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

Pay Band Information:

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Salary Grade Equivalent:


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

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

1-3 years

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Saturday – Wednesday, 8am-5pm

Weekend work required. Rotating evenings, holidays and during inclement weather.

Department Name and Number:

Pathology Lab Med - FOBRL-413806

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Francis Owen Blood Research Laboratory is a research facility housing a unique colony of hemophiliac canine and swine. The mission of the FOBRL is to reduce human suffering from bleeding, thrombosis, and atherosclerosis through the study of these independent and collaborative study of these models by providing careful, humane care and breeding of the animals. Our goal is to provide both well-characterized animals with inherited bleeding disorders and expert scientific support to investigators studying coagulation and thrombosis. As such, the FOBRL functions as a Core Laboratory to provide these animals for collaborating investigators. Further, the FOBRL provides state of the art teaching and training for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, as well as established scientists.

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.

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 primary purpose of this position is the care of bleeder (hemophiliac) and normal animals housed at FOBRL, a complex animal research laboratory and breeding facility for both pigs and dogs. The employee performs animal husbandry duties on a daily basis, including the feeding of special diets to study animals, and the care of pregnant and nursing animals and neonates. The position must be familiar with hemophilia and all of its associated conditions, and will observe all animal daily for signs of hemorrhage, illness or injury. The technician has some animal breeding duties, including the recognition of heat cycles and assisting with breeding. The technician performs routine medical care such as medicated baths, ear cleaning, and the administration of treatments and medications, under the direction of a Veterinarian. The technician is responsible for record keeping such as temperatures logs and animal identification, disinfecting the animal facilities, performing some minor repairs, use of manual equipment, and the training of new animal husbandry employees.

The research technician must have the availability to work rotating evenings, weekends, holidays and during inclement weather is essential in order to care for colonies. The standard schedule for this position is anticipated to be Saturday through Wednesday.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

The technician should have some knowledge and experience of veterinary procedures and administering medical treatments, such as: vaccinations, injectable and oral medications. The technician must be willing to learn to recognize and assist in triaging canines experiencing a bleeding event or swine that develop conditions related to phenotype or clinical conditions that need to be reported to a veterinarian. The technician should have some experience in animal care and husbandry, including: feeding, watering and proper handling requirements of dogs and pigs. The technician should have experience in documenting or charting dietary intake, activity level, animal matings, heat cycles, farrowing, etc. The technician must be willing to operate automatic and manual equipment, including standard veterinary equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

The research technician has the demonstrated ability to function both independently and with a team, efficiently, with a complete understanding of laboratory programs and goals. The technician has a strong understanding of veterinary procedures, animal care and husbandry, and hemophilia. The technician is experienced at operating standard veterinary equipment.

Veterinary technician license preferred, but not required. AALAS certification preferred, but not required.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

Must be able to move animals up to 700 pounds with or without accommodation.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

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

Position Attributes:

Severe Weather Essential and Communicable Disease Mandatory Employee

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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time