Research Technician

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Research Technician - Journey

Working Title:

Research Technician

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$33,500 - $39,788

Pay Band Information:

To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

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

Full-Time Permanent

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:


Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 40 hours

Department Name and Number:

Marsico Lung Institute-426401

Date First Posted:


Closing Date:


Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The organizational unit is the Tissue Procurement and Cell Culture Core of the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research & Treatment Center. The purpose of the unit is to support cell culture efforts for a variety of ongoing projects within the CF Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, with outside collaborators and to serve as a national resource and technicial support regarding cell cultures of human cystic fibrosis (CF) and non-CF airway epithelial cells. The CF Center projects are generally designed to define the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary disorders and to understand the functions of the respiratory epithelium. The Core facility will provide material and consultative support to facilitate the research of other members of the CF Center and other collaborators, including generation of cells and media and assistance in the design and performance of cell culture experiments.

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 to assist the Core Director and the Core Manager, giving technical assistance toward providing cells, media and cell culture expertise as required for projects involving cell culture.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Candidate must have an understanding of fundamental biochemical and cell biology concepts, familiarity with and capability of performing a wide variety of tissue culture procedures, such as dissecting human airway tissue, isolating various cell types from lung tissue, counting and distributing cells from tissue, preparing reagents and media, shipping material to collaborators. The candidate will be expected to have the following skills: ability to thaw and cryopreserve cells, cell culture under aseptic conditions, DNA extraction, and flow cytometry. A secondary duty will be to support the Marsico Lung Institute Recharge Service Center with orders and requesting supplies to be ordered, stocking and maintaining Core supplies, monitoring and maintaining laboratory equipment, and washing glassware. Candidate must be able to prioritize, manage tasks, and handle a variety of demands, and self-review of work for accuracy and completeness.

Attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Experience with MS Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.

Proficient in performing computer data entry and have data base organizational skills.

Have a general knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology.

Ability to understand and carryout oral and written instructions.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to operate and care for lab equipment such as the incubators, biological cabinets, autoclaves, freezers, stir plate, pH meters, scales, microscopes and centrifuges. Knowledge of standard office equipment including copiers, scanners, and fax machine.Ability to communicate clearly with research team as well as university employees, external sponsors and vendors. Ability to work independently, take the initiative and have excellent organizational skills. Candidate must contribute to the performance of standard Tissue Procurement and Cell Culture Core services by providing services essential to basic laboratory operation. Preferred experience should include: primary cell culture, familiarity with excel, requesting supplies to be ordered, stocking and maintaining supply inventories, autoclaving, handling samples containing bloodborne pathogens, preparing cell culture reagents, managing laboratory inventories (freezer logs, chemical inventories, specimen data, etc.), monitoring and maintaining laboratory equipment, washing glassware, general laboratory organization.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

Driver’s license

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

Lift 50 lbs

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Non-Healthcare TB exposure, Overtime occasionally, Valid NC Driver’s License, Weekend work occasionally

Stimulus/ARRA Funded:



The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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