Research Assistant Professor

Updated: 11 days ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Microbiology and Immunology - 422501
Posting Open Date
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Research Assistant Professor
Appointment Type Fixed Term Faculty
Vacancy ID FAC0004144
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range
Proposed Start Date 10/01/2022

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service. 
Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.
Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.
Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.
Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.
Position Summary
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine is recruiting for a Research Assistant Professor on the fixed-term track. The successful candidate will participate in research and training activities in the Cameron-Arnold Laboratory. Duties include but are not limited to conducting fundamental basic research on the biochemistry and biophysics of positive-strand RNA virus genome replication and recombination; and contributing to the discovery, optimization, and mechanism of action studies of inhibitors of RNA viruses with pandemic potential. Ongoing projects in the lab include: understanding the elementary steps of viral RdRp-catalyzed RNA recombination; assembly, and function of the SARS CoV-2 replicase and exoribonuclease complex; and development and characterization of inhibitors targeting viral proteins and enzymes, including polymerases, helicases, NTPases, proteases, and exoribonucleases. The candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation, execution, and interpretation of biochemical experiments. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with other researchers in the field, write and publish the results in scientific journals, attend conferences, and participate in preparing progress reports and applications for financial support. Secondary responsibilities include contributing to general laboratory management duties and supervision and training of postdoctoral fellows, students, and technicians.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
PhD in a biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology or other related and/or relevant disciplines. Experience with expression, purification, and characterization of proteins and enzymes. Experience using state-of-the-art approaches yielding quantitative and/or kinetic data and able to perform corresponding data analysis.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Post-doctoral experience. Experience using mammalian expression systems, cell culture, and viral replication assays. Experience with recombinant DNA techniques.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Jamie Arnold, Research Associate Professor
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Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
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Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 
If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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