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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.

Research Technician II – Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology

We are seeking a highly motivated individual for a Lab Research Technician II position, available immediately within the Center for Translational Pain Medicine, a translational research unit of the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. Our lab is conducting collaborative research in the following research areas:

(1) Investigation of interactions between sensory neurons, immune cells, and cancer cells which contribute to persistent pain pathologies.

(2) Investigation of how sensory neurons regulate immunity & host defense against bacterial and viral pathogens as well as neoplastic (cancerous) cells.

(3) Identification of novel pain mediators using tissues and/or biofluids from patients with metastatic cancer pain or chronic overlapping pain conditions.

(4) Drug discovery and development of novel non-opioid pain therapies to treat chronic pain conditions.

In this position, you will have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in the above are as using a variety of preclinical models in conjunction with biochemical, molecular genetics, optogenetic, behavioral, immunohistochemical, imaging, and pharmacological approaches.

It is anticipated that a highly motivated individual will contribute to several publications per year and be granted the opportunity to explore their own research interests as well (within the overall scope of the lab). Due to the translational nature of this research, this position will also offer unique networking opportunities with premier basic scientists as well as healthcare providers in anesthesiology, pain medicine, oncology, orthopedic surgery, and other disciplines.

Principal Responsibilities:
• Aid in the planning, development, and implementation of experimental procedures within the overall scope of the above research projects.
• Learn to perform technical experimental protocols and collect data using laboratory instruments, equipment, reagents, and animal models. This includes regularly reviewing scientific literature to become aware of new developments and information regarding experimental protocols.
• Be involved in the husbandry and maintenance of animal colonies, the dissection of animals, the collection and preparation of tissues and specimens for complex procedures, and histological, imaging, and tissue culture procedures.
• Maintain consistent experimental records, interpret experimental results, generate frequent research reports, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts and publications.
• Be willing to represent the lab professionally at departmental and university seminars (COVID-19-related travel restrictions may apply).
• Confer with the lab director to discuss experiments, experimental results and their interpretations, and other aspects of laboratory maintenance.
• Assist in the training of other laboratory members with experimental procedures, analyses, data reports, and manuscript preparation.
• Participate in the general oversight of the lab, including basic lab maintenance, lab organization, and oversight of critical lab reagents and equipment.
• Exercise independent thought informed by the scientific literature to contribute to the overall research direction of the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications

Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.

• None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
• Strong communication skills (written and verbal) are preferred for this position.
• Proficiency with routine computer software (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is preferred.
• Individuals must be able to work well within a collaborative research team (“be a team player”).
• Individuals must be willing to work hard to learn a variety of laboratory techniques such as surgical and behavioral procedures with mice and rats, cell culture techniques, fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), immunohistochemistry, genotyping, western blotting, ELISA, and other procedures. Individuals with expertise or competency in these areas are encouraged to clearly indicate this in their C.V.

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.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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