Research Technician

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Aug 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Pharmacology-424001
Career Area Research Professionals
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 08/21/2023
Application Deadline 08/28/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Technician - Journey
Salary Grade Equivalent GN06
Working Title Research Technician
Position Number 20058900
Vacancy ID P018037
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $35,809 - $49,202
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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
The Sondek lab is seeking a Research Technician to support biochemical and structural studies of protein complexes. The scope of the work includes: i) maintenance and propagation of eukaryotic cell cultures, ii) purification of proteins using established procedures, and iii) standard biochemical assays. The successful candidate will work closely with senior laboratory personnel to develop technical skills and analytical abilities.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience with basic database management and general lab operations is required.
Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to present scientific data.
Must be able to complete a number of different tasks simultaneously and have excellent time management skills.
A strong record of reliability, consistency, and organization as demonstrated in written and computer formats.
Must have good interpersonal skills, ability to follow directions, and to work productively with others.
Must have laboratory experience.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
A background in expression and purification of recombinant proteins.
Experience in lab organization including maintaining records, specifically a lab safety plan and chemical and radionuclide inventories.
Experience in creating and managing databases to organize cell lines and plasmid DNA.
This position requires extensive expertise in molecular biology and preparation of recombinant plasmid DNA. In addition, knowledge of basic spectroscopy and electrophoresis of DNA and proteins is desired 
Experience with high-pressure lysis (e.g. EmulsiFlex) and preparative ultracentrifugation is necessary, as is a thorough working knowledge of fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC) systems (e.g. AKTA). Prior experience with immobilized metal affinity chromatography, ion exchange, and gel exclusion chromatography is also highly desirable.
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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