Research Specialist- Avian Immunology

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA

Posting Details

Job Posting Information

Vacancy Type SHRA
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Time Limited? No
Time-Limited Appointment Length
Title Research Specialist
Band Level Journey
Working Title Research Specialist- Avian Immunology
Salary Range $36,363 - $87,527
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience ($51,000-53,000)
Salary Grade Equivalency 70
Position Number 00042293
Work Schedule 40 hours per week- work schedule will vary
Does the regular and recurring schedule of this position result in the employee working more than ½ of their hours between 4 pm and 8 am? (Meal periods do not count). No
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 111901 - Poultry Science
Department Poultry Science
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of only 6 Poultry Science Departments in the United States and is focused on research, extension, and education that serves and supports the production of poultry and poultry products in North Carolina, the United States, as well as worldwide.

Essential Job Duties

The primary function of the Research Specialist is to serve as the senior research specialist and manager for the avian immunology laboratory in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science.

Primary duties include, but not limited to:

  • designing, developing, conducting research experiments and data analysis
  • Training and supervising other laboratory personnel
  • Maintaining laboratory inventories, records
  • Ordering and managing budgets
  • Ensuring laboratory compliance with NCSU, state, and federal regulations.
Other Work/Responsibilities

The Research Specialist will work both independently and collaboratively with other members of the avian immunology lab, as well as other research groups in the department and across campus.

Assist undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, visiting scientists, etc. with their projects.

Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Departmental Required Skills
  • Proficient with gSuite, Microsoft Office or similar product, browsers and search engines, basic computer security practices and ability to troubleshoot basic hardware and networking issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work well independently and in a collaborative research environment.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Master’s degree in biochemistry, microbiology, animal science, poultry science, cell biology, immunology, or a related field.
  • Experience with various molecular biology methods and concepts including but not limited to PCR, Real-Time PCR, cloning, mutagenesis, genome editing, sequencing, next generation sequencing, and recombinant protein expression.
  • Experience with animal tissue culture
  • Experience with immune assays such as ELISA, western blot, flow cytometry, bioassays, reporter assays, and immunohistochemistry.
  • Experience with bacteria, viruses, and parasites and understanding of proper biosecurity and biocontainment principles.
  • Experience working with live poultry or other animals in a research setting
  • Experience with laboratory management including, but not limited to budgets, inventory, and regulatory compliance.
  • Experience with various data analysis software programs such as Snap Gene, CLC, FlowJo, Prism, SAS, R, and other similar programs.
  • Experience in communication of research results in peer reviewed journals.
Required License or Certification

A valid driver’s license is required for travelling to remote farms and sample sites and to transport animals, samples and supplies. NC driver’s license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained throughout employment.

Special Instructions

In addition to your application please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Please make sure the work history listed on your application is identical to the work history that is listed on your resume.

Job Open Date 09/09/2019
Must Be Open Until---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.) 09/16/2019
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 09/23/2019
Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.
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