Research Technician II

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Durham, NORTH CAROLINA

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POSITION OVERVIEW

Research Technician II

The Kelsoe laboratory carries out cutting edge immunological research against infectious diseases that impact global health. Basic science discoveries made using a variety of human and pathogen-derived proteins, designed, produced and evaluated by a collaborative team are contributing to the identification of vaccine targets and new knowledge of immunobiology. This technical research position will focus on cellular and molecular laboratory methods to understand immunity to infectious microbial pathogens and to discover candidate vaccine antigens for potential use in humans. The successful candidate will be required to work with mice and human tissue samples.

Responsibilities

• Perform immunological  research in Dr. Kelsoe’s laboratory of B-Cell Immunology, focusing on

studies of antigen-driven activation, the germinal center response, and antibody characterization.

• Collaborate in characterizing antibody responses in studies of animal and human specimens and

recombinant systems utilizing ELISA, Luminex, SOS PAGE and Western blotting.

• Perform complex experiments working with animal and human specimens in teams and individually.

• Understand and comply with all safety standards and procedures to insure a safe working

environment for all laboratory staff.

• Assist in the design and analysis of experiments; carry out experiments with minimal or no immediate supervision and record and maintain all acquired data in specified formats to be scientifically reliable and understandable to others.

• Keep lab equipment, chemical reagents and supplies in excellent order. Maintain inventory systems

for samples, reagents, proteins, and antibodies.

• Perform routine lab maintenance, cleaning, ordering and organizing.

• Learn and develop new lab techniques and teach them to other lab staff.

• Collaborate with other staff, your supervisor, and primary investigator (Dr. Kelsoe) to review

experimental results and develop new research plans; assist in the training of new personnel.

• Perform other duties as requested by the Principal Investigator or senior lab staff.

Education Requirements:

This post requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, or other related scientific area.

A postgraduate degree (e.g., Master of Science, etc.) is preferred.

Experience Required:

At least one year of related laboratory work is preferred.


Minimum Qualifications

Education

Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.


Experience

None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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