Research Specialist - Dr. Sam Lai's lab, DPMP

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Sep 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department SOP-DPMP-452400
Career Area Research Professionals
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 08/28/2023
Application Deadline 09/06/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Specialist - Journey
Salary Grade Equivalent GN10
Working Title Research Specialist - Dr. Sam Lai's lab, DPMP
Position Number 20028518
Vacancy ID P018073
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Monday – Friday; 8AM-5PM*
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $49,550-$60,560
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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ( is one of five health science schools (Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Medicine) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is one of the oldest health science academic programs at Chapel Hill. The School teaches approximately 600 PharmD students, 100 PhD students, and 20 Master’s students. The School has built a reputation for its continued pursuit of excellence, rigorous education and training programs, cutting-edge multidisciplinary research, progressive pharmacy practices, efficient business operations, and its outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The School was named the number one School of Pharmacy in the U.S. by the U.S. News and World Report. The School has experienced unprecedented growth and success and continues to strategically position itself for sustained impact, as articulated in the School’s Strategic Plan (
Our vision is to be the preeminent school of pharmacy where leaders in practice, education, and research are developed and nurtured. We are Advancing Medicine for Life through innovation and collaboration in pharmacy practice, education, research, and public service.
Position Summary
The Research Specialist position will serve under the supervision of the Primary Investigator, Dr. Samuel K. Lai. The Research Specialist will support multiple projects in the lab in terms of the cell culture, protein and antibody production. Functions as a technical expert in completing and troubleshooting highly specialized/complex lab procedures; Coordinates workflow pertaining to tissue culture, protein production and virus-like particles production needs for specific projects.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
To succeed, the candidate must possess the following skills and abilities: 
1) extremely organized and detail oriented.
2) capable of working on multiple projects simultaneously. 
3) exercises independent judgement in performing specialized experimental procedures such as cell culture, protein production, and replication-deficient virus-like-particles production and characterization. 
4) overseeing lab safety. Overall, this research specialist will maintain accurate and detailed notes on each experiment performed; perform data analysis for accuracy, validity, and integrity; and other related duties.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
- Strong preference would be given to those who have previous work experience in a complex lab environment handling a high throughput of different projects at once.
Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
Position/Schedule Requirements
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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, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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