Research Technician

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Mar 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Neuroscience Center - 428601
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 03/20/2023
Application Deadline 03/24/2023
Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Technician
Position Number 20029362
Vacancy ID S021054
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
M-F Normal Schedule, with occasional weekend work
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $15.00 - $20.00 / hr.
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months not to exceed 11 months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC Neuroscience Center is an inter-departmental research center on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Our mission is to promote various and extensive neuroscience research with a specific emphasis on developmental, cellular, and disease-related processes. 
Position Summary
Under supervision of the Principal Investigator, the research technician will be tasked with performing cellular and molecular biology experiments investigating the genetic basis of brain development. Please see our publications and descriptions of our research at
The majority of duties will involve daily culture, maintenance, expansion and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into human neural progenitor cell-lines and organoids which requires rigorous attention to detail, accurate record keeping, and consistent aseptic technique.
The candidate will be required to maintain healthy and sterile cell-culture conditions and precisely quantify cell numbers during thawing, passaging, and freezing of cell-lines. Additional duties include preparing cell culture reagents and media, receiving, and documenting reagents, supplies, and equipment, complying with mandated safety protocols, disposal of chemical and biohazard waste, maintaining equipment in good working condition, and communicating results during lab meetings.
Candidates will be encouraged to embrace opportunities to participate in other lab projects that may use cell-culture assays, molecular cloning, real-time PCR, immunocytochemistry, preparing libraries for massively parallel sequencing, preparing reagents, data analysis and interpretation, maintaining a database of experimental results, assisting the preparation of grant applications and publications, and providing general technical assistance to support ongoing research projects.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
B.Sc. or M.Sc. in biology, cell biology, molecular biology, neuroscience, or genetics. Previous experience with cell culture. Candidates with strong knowledge of developmental signaling pathways, brain development, and the biology of human multipotent progenitor cells are preferred. Ability to conduct aseptic cell culture technique within biological safety cabinets for multiple hours per day. Consistently strong organizational and recordkeeping skills. 
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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