Research Specialist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Feb 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Biochemistry and Biophysics-423001
Career Area Research Professionals
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 01/26/2023
Application Deadline 02/02/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Specialist - Contributing
Salary Grade Equivalent GN08
Working Title Research Specialist
Position Number 20036303
Vacancy ID P016794
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 7:30am – 4:30pm
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $36,363 - $50,000
Pay Band Information
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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 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
Our lab is actively involved in research designed to understand the functions of the respiratory epithelium and understand how genetic and environmental alterations define the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis, asthma, and other pulmonary disorders. The primary purpose of this position is assisting in the designing, executing, interpreting, and reporting scientific experiments to achieve specific goals, as directed by the PI’s. Scientific techniques utilized in this position include, but are not limited to, primary human cell culture, confocal and fluorescence microcopy, in vitro biophysical and biochemical techniques, molecular biology, CRISPR gene editing, and biomedical device development. A partial component of this position is general laboratory management including participation in daily operations including ordering supplies, general record keeping, and compliance with health and safety 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
Ability to follow detailed protocols precisely and be able to adapt protocols using subject matter expertise. The applicant should also be able to follow detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs), possess good written and communication skills, and be able to effectively interact with other lab personnel. Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and presentation software packages.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Working knowledge of fundamental biochemical, cell biology, and biophysical concepts. While not required, candidates with experience with general biology/biochemistry lab techniques, sterile procedures, cell culture, and microscopy will be given preference. Is familiar with and capable of performing a wide variety of laboratory procedures. Familiar with biomedical device development involving CNC milling, CO2-based laser cutting, and 3D printing. Computer skills including, but not limited to Labview programming, 3D graphic design software (e.g. Fusion 360, SolidWorks) and CNC CAM software.
Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
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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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