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Research Technician

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Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Cell Biology and Physiology - 422001
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 02/02/2023
Application Deadline 02/24/2023
Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Technician
Position Number 20051657
Vacancy ID S020875
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience / Qualifications
Proposed Start Date 03/06/2023
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months not to exceed 11 months

Position 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 Department of Cell Biology and Physiology is a basic science department in the School of Medicine and engages in a broad range of teaching and research activities. Faculty in the Department conduct research on a variety of problems ranging from the study of nervous system function to the control of blood pressure. It is also strong in renal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurophysiology. Faculty in this department also interacts with clinical departments within the School of Medicine. The department’s breadth of research interests allows us to offer students a unique exposure to physiology at the molecular, cellular and organ levels. Active interaction occurs with other basic science departments at the University as well as collaboration with scientists at nearby Duke University and Research Triangle Park. 
The goal of our research is to develop treatments for chronic pain and autism spectrum disorders. The primary purpose of this Temporary Research Technician position is to perform standardized molecular biology, cell culture and behavioral experiments, mouse colony management and husbandry, and be responsible for general maintenance of lab equipment and lab management (ordering supplies, tracking invoices, managing solutions.) 
The employee will work under the supervision of the P.I. and/or senior postdoctoral research staff to complete the following experimental procedures: 
1) Molecular biology work, including preparation for and/or assistance with PCR genotyping, western blotting, DNA cloning 
2) Preparation of solutions and standard media 
3) Assist PI/other lab members with anesthetizing mice and dissection of tissues, including brain and dorsal root ganglia 
4) Assist other lab members with behavioral experiments with mice 
5) Assist with intrathecal, intravenous, and oral gavage to administer drugs 
6) Mouse colony management and husbandry 
7) Generating cortical neuron cultures using established procedures 
8) Culture of cell lines 
9) Transfection of DNA into cell lines and neurons 
10) Use computer for email, word processing and data presentation 
11) Maintain and record results in a lab notebook 
This position will report results directly to the P.I. and/or senior postdocs on a daily basis.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
This individual must have the ability to solve routine problems and make routine decisions, but must consult with the PI or supervisor for guidance.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and training/experience in neuroscience, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have previous experience with PCR genotyping, western blotting, and DNA cloning.
The selected candidate must have previous molecular biology lab experience, previous experience working with or a willingness to learn mouse colony management and husbandry, knowledge of cell culture techniques, and basic computer skills for email, word processing, and data presentation. Ability to maintain lab equipment and manage lab in day-to-day functions such as ordering supplies, tracking invoices, and managing solutions is a must.
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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