Research Technician

Job Description

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Biology-318200
Career Area Research Professionals
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 06/28/2023
Application Deadline 07/31/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Technician - Journey
Salary Grade Equivalent GN06
Working Title Research Technician
Position Number 20057044
Vacancy ID P017698
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 2-years
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm
Work Location Genome Sciences Building, Chapel Hill
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $31,200 - $39,786
Pay Band Information
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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of new and existing knowledge in the broad discipline of Biology by maintaining a high-quality faculty who integrate cutting-edge research and student-focused teaching.
We are one of the largest academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. We have over 2,800 majors and we enroll over 5,000 undergraduate students in our classes each year. Our average total annual expenditures exceed $24 million, with nearly half of that coming from grant sponsored research. The department is composed of 50 tenure-track faculty, 10 teaching faculty, 8 research faculty, and numerous active adjunct and emeritus faculty. We currently have 50 graduate students, 40 post-docs and employ approximately 60 additional graduate and undergraduate students from across the university to assist in our teaching and research missions. Our mission is supported by an administrative and technical staff of 20, with an additional 25 staff directly supporting research.
The Hige lab is interested in circuit and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. We use Drosophila as a model system and take advantage of the combination of sophisticated genetic tools and state-of-the-art physiological techniques and behavioral assays. We aim to determine how neurons change their activity after learning and what types of synaptic plasticity underlie those changes.
Position Summary
This position is located in the Biology Department within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Hige lab seeks a Research Technician. This position will provide technical and organizational support for NIH-funded neuroscience research in Dr. Toshi Hige’s lab. The employee will work as part of a team containing postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other researchers, including undergraduate students. The duty of technical support includes maintenance of fly stocks, fly crossing and making solutions, which help other lab members’ projects. This position will also assist with a research project that involves experiments in Drosophila using electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, and behavioral assays. The duty of organizational support includes ordering lab supplies, management of shipment and maintenance of the lab spaces.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
- Experience as a research assistant or technician in a biology-related lab.
- Basic knowledge about neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology and microscope.
- Training in the ethical collection, presentation and storage of research data.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
BS or BA in Biology from a 4-year accredited institution, ideally with coursework in neuroscience. Prior research experience with one of the following techniques: electrophysiology, functional imaging of neurons/brains or computer programming using Matlab or related languages.
2 years experience as a research assistant or technician in a biology-related lab.
Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Physical Effort:
The physical effort involved in the position is the ability to move supplies and equipment (up to 20 pounds). In addition, the employee must be capable of repeated micropipetting and working at the lab bench and/or at the dissecting microscope for several hours at a time.
Work Environment and Conditions:
All research will be performed in lab space in the Genome Sciences Building.
Machines, Tools, Instruments, Equipment and Materials Used:
The employee must be capable of safely and properly operating basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, pH meters, analytical balances, micromanipulators, light microscopes, laser-scanning microscopes, electrophysiology rigs, electrophoresis chambers, water baths, autoclaves, freezers, refrigerators, computers and air tanks. The employee will assist in maintenance of this equipment, which may involve calling repair vendors.
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
Position/Schedule Requirements
Special Instructions
Please apply with cover letter, CV, list of 2 or more references, and 1-2-page description of your motivation for this position, including your past and/or future research interests (attach as “Other Document”).
Quick Link https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/260203

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources Contact Information
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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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