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Research Associate - Peng Lab

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Research Associate - Peng Lab

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with education and experience.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Dept Molecular Biomedical Science

About the Department

The Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences trains doctors of veterinary medicine and graduate students interested in research-based careers focused on the discovery of new knowledge about animal and human health and disease and using those findings to enhance animal and human health and well-being. Students get in depth knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of disease, and experience in the development of new procedures which enable its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Our faculty are recognized experts in the fields of cell biology and physiology, cancer biology, developmental biology, environmental science and toxicology, genomics, infectious diseases, neuroscience, pharmacology, radiology, and reproductive biology. Our goals are to advance veterinary medical science through innovative basic and applied research, and by mentoring and inspiring students, providing world-class clinical and diagnostic services, and offering the public the latest knowledge through innovative extension and engagement activities.

Our research faculty work in state-of-the-art research facilities including a transgenic mouse facility where graduate students can participate in research projects related to mouse and animal genomics.

A number of graduate programs are available to students interested in working with faculty in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences. In addition, faculty oversee following clinical sections: anesthesia, clinical nutrition, pharmacology, and the radiology residency.

Essential Job Duties

The Peng Lab uses systems approaches to better understand pathogen-host-microbiome interactions and microbial pathogenesis. The goal is to uncover underlying molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and to identify targets of intervention as well as biomarkers for clinical applications. We focus on computational analysis of high-throughput omics data combined with experimental validation. The Lab is housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Research Building located at the NCSU Biomedical Centennial Campus, and is part of NCSU Bioinformatics Research Center.

  • Develop and perform wet lab research in the lab.
  • Serve as a co-investigator and/or key personnel
  • Contribute preliminary data to research grant proposals.
  • Maintain animal and human cell lines,
  • Perform in vitro infections with human and animal pathogens
  • Conduct high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing using cell culture, animal model and human clinical samples, and high-throughput library screen in vitro
  • Assist the development of research projects and hypotheses
  • Interpret and evaluate data
  • Compile experimental results and findings for publication.

The selected individual will understand the rationale for the research, and perform related experiments to test research hypotheses. Research activities include independent management of research projects, experimental assay and protocol development, and designing and carrying out experiments.

Duties include the following:
  • Infection of cell cultures with human and animal pathogens such as HIV/SIV and influenza
  • RNA and DNA isolation from different cell and tissue types
  • Determination of nucleic acid concentrations and integrity on research samples
  • Construction of libraries for RNA and DNA deep sequencing
  • Performing deep sequencing runs and qRT-PCR assays
  • Performing high-throughput library screen in vitro
  • Implementing, developing, and optimizing custom experimental protocols
  • Independently maintaining lab records and entering experimental results into the web-based LIMS
  • Managing sample acquisition from collaborating research laboratories
  • Maintaining sample inventory
  • Participating in developing methodology, protocols, and troubleshooting
  • Presenting experimental results to other laboratory members
  • Contributing to publications, reports, and draft manuscripts

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education and Experience

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree, or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of independent research experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as contribute to a supportive team environment.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and procedures.
  • Accurate record-keeping and data management skills.
  • Desire and willingness to learn, develop, and execute new experimental techniques and take on challenging scientific problems.

Preferred Qualifications


Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your application please submit a cover letter, a current resume or curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three or more professional references.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID

194001 - Dept Molecular Biomedical Scie


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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