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Research Technician

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Closing date
Jul 23, 2021

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

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Department Name and Number:

Med-UNC Blood Research Center-411494

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Division of Hematology provides medical care to the people of North Carolina; serves as a referral center for patients from throughout the United States and worldwide; educates medical school undergraduates, residents and fellows in the subspecialties of Hematology and Oncology; and advances scholarly research and laboratory and clinical investigations in the health sciences. The activities of the Division are diverse and complex, with an annual budget of over $7 million and a staff of approximately fifty. The patient care activities are broad in scope. Long-term care requires interaction of all members of the health care team. Care is provided in seven outpatient clinics (breast, lung, leukemia/lymphoma, bone marrow transplant, prostate, sickle cell and thrombosis/hemostasis clinics), in the hospital bone marrow transplant unit and two in-patient services. The Division provides a significant patient referral base to the Departments of Surgery, Pharmacy and Radiology. The revenue stream generated by new patients brought into the UNC Health Care system by this Division is an important source of support for these organizations. Research activities include long-term clinical treatment trials as well as basic research, and encompass several geographically separate laboratories. Research is funded by federal agencies and by pharmaceutical and research companies covering a wide range of areas related to cancer treatment and epidemiology. The Division’s purpose is to integrate activity in patient care, basic and clinical research, and educational programs among participating elements to address evolving issues in science and medicine.

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:

This position will be required to run procedures, tests and analyses within labs in the Division of Hematology. The individual in this position will be responsible for running adhesion assays (Microfluidics) on samples from patients, using endothelial cells and biological materials, under ambient or hypoxic conditions. They will be performing ELISAs of plasma proteins, purifying plasma factors, purifying membrane proteins from maintained cell lines as well as some molecular biology work. The individual in this position will also be collecting patient blood or tissue samples from clinic, hospital or CTRC.
For all work in the lab, the employee will be expected to use safe techniques in handling human blood including proper disposal and other safety measures as mandated by OSHA regulations. In running coagulation assays, the employee will be expected to draw blood and to prepare samples for the use in the appropriate instrument. The employee will be expected to analyze data as it is being generated on the instrument and work with senior researchers if data appears outside of established parameters so that samples can be rerun immediately if needed.

The employee will be expected to organize their data clearly for interpretation by a senior researcher. The employee will not be asked to prepare talks or papers outside of the group setting although he/she will be asked to gather and collate data on his/her work for inclusion into presentations and to present his/her work within the context of the laboratory group’s weekly meeting.

The employee will be assisting other laboratory personnel in disposing of waste according to OSHA guidelines. This position will also be involved in routine laboratory maintenance. In addition, the employee will be asked to do some tissue culture work to maintain existing cell lines. In this work, the employee will be expected to use sterile techniques to maintain sensitive cell lines. The employee will be expected to note cell growth and health outside of normal parameters and report any abnormalities.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of physical and chemical properties of RNA, DNA and proteins. Knowledge of tissue culture and molecular biological techniques. General knowledge of laboratory techniques, the use of laboratory equipment and basic laboratory procedures. Ability to make independent judgments. Ability to understand and follow complex written and oral instructions as they relate to the laboratory analysis. Ability to document assay results, prepare written reports and enter data in computer. Good communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience in a research laboratory required. Strongly prefer candidates have a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Competency with flow cytometry.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory

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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