Research Specialist

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Jun 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Marsico Lung Inst - CF Center-426401
Career Area Research Professionals
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 06/01/2023
Application Deadline 06/16/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Specialist - Journey
Salary Grade Equivalent GN10
Working Title Research Specialist
Position Number 20056332
Vacancy ID P017544
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
40 hours/ week
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 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 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.
Position Summary
This position is designed for an experienced Research Specialist at the Journey level in the Marsico Lung Institute, a dynamic laboratory environment at the frontier of pulmonary research. This position is located in the Molecular Biology and Animal Models Cores, under the direction of Dr. Wanda O’Neal. The purpose of the Molecular Biology and Animal Models Cores is to provide specialized expertise in in vitro and in vivo experimentation focused on organ, cellular and molecular phenotypes associated with obstructive and restrictive pulmonary diseases. The primary purpose of the position is to provide qualified, long-term support to the integrated operations of the Molecular Biology and Animal Models Cores and its collaborating scientists with four major functions: 
1) Experimental performance: The Research Specialist will independently conduct specific, investigator-requested studies involving human or animal tissues, primary cells, or cell lines for grants and contracts and to support research publication. This includes but is not limited to: protocol development and performance of single cell or single nuclei RNA/ATAC sequencing or other multi-ome approaches (i.e., spatial transcriptomic and proteomic, Hi-plex immunohistochemistry), preparation of ex vivo precision-cut lung slices (PCLS) or explant cultures from human and mouse lungs, cell culture of human or mouse primary airway, alveolar and endothelial cells, basic biochemistry, immunohistochemistry/cytochemistry, mouse colony management, in vivo delivery of experimental challenges (e.g., bacteria, viruses, or allergens), survival and non-survival surgeries, respiratory phenotyping (bronchoalveolar lavage, tissue harvest, preparation of samples for cytological, histological, microbiological, biochemical, immunological, and rheological analyses). 
2) Data management: Analysis, quality control, and presentation for lab meetings, team meetings, grants, and publications. 
3) Laboratory management: Independent management of lab operations including supplies procurement, instrumentation maintenance, samples archival (both electronic and physical), training and supervision of coworkers and students. 
4) Regulatory compliance: This includes maintaining EHS, OACU, IRB, and DCM compliance by generating and updating protocols and procedures.
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
The Research Specialist must be willing to work with human tissues and laboratory mice and be able to work with biological safety level 2 (BSL2) environments. In addition, the successful candidate must possess the following: 
* Demonstrated abilities in cell biology and rodent dissection
* Effective communication skills 
* Willingness to follow established protocols and lab safety procedures
* Proficiency in using database management and statistical software
* Diligence in the maintenance of laboratory records
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:
* At least 2 years of experience in a laboratory performing research using both in vitro and in vivo models
* Master’s degree in physiology, biology, pathology, or a related discipline
* Familiarity with data analysis software (GraphPad Prism, SAS) and ability to query scientific literature web-based resources (PubMed)
Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
This position requires the performance of many fine motor activities.
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
Position/Schedule Requirements Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally
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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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