Research Technician

Job Details
Closing Date: 2019-10-18
Institution: University of North Carolina
Keyword Names: Academic/Research, Technician/Technical
Salary: $35,000 - $45,000
Line 1: University of North Carolina
City: Chapel Hill
Country: United States

Job Description

Research Technician

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Department Description

Oral & Craniofacial Health Sciences (OCHS) is an administrative unit within the Adam’s School of Dentistry (ASOD) and responsible for promoting the research mission of the School of Dentistry through a broad range of activitiesm where the overarching emphasis is on the promotion of oral health and function. Discoveries in these areas not only offer the potential to improve oral health but also overall health. New knowledge is shared through presentations at scientific forums and publication in the scholarly literature. Scientists within the ASOD interact and collaborate with investigators on the UNC-CH campus, as well as with leading scientists and institutions elsewhere in the United States and abroad.This position is needed as technical support for the established research program of Dr. Shannon Wallet, PhD Associate Dean for Research. In particular this position will conduct experiments in a new area of investigation for Dr. Wallet, immunological dysfunction following burn.

Position Description

The research technician will be responsible for conducting various laboratory experiments under the supervision of a Research Specialist with an emphasis on immunological dysfunciton following burn. The researcher’s primary responsibility will be to carry out the goals of research project associated with mucosal orchestration of chronic oral immune activation and regulation of immunologic plasticity in periodontal disease. These goals will necessitate that the selected candidate perform bacterial growth, murine infection and several immunological assays including but not limited to multiplex ELISA, real-time PCR, western blot and flow cytometry. The selected candidate will also collect and record data as specified in developed protocols as well as assess accuracy, validity, and integrity of data. The research technician will also assist other Wallet laboratory personnel, graduate students, and volunteer researches as needed. In addition, the research technician will contribute to the organization of the laboratory by helping keep accurate inventory, restocking laboratory supplies and assisting with maintenance of lab equipment. The selected candidate will be expected to have the technical knowledge to be trained to perform the duties, the ability to follow instructions through a standard work process, the ability to perform routine and repetitious tasks, and the ability to observe, monitor, collect, and record data.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • The ability to learn how to conduct various laboratory experiments with an emphasis on performing rodent procedures, animal husbandry, tissue culture, flow cytometry.
  • The ability to learn how to interact with clinical staff to facilitate patient sample collection and subsequent sample processing (cell and RNA extraction) and keep track of sample inventory.
  • The ability to assisting with the organization of the laboratory by helping keep accurate inventory, restocking laboratory supplies and assisting with maintenance of lab equipment.
  • The ability to taking detailed notes on each experiment, entering data and results in figure or tabular form.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelors degreeExperience in a basic science laboratory with working knowledge of models of burn injury, bacterial culture, mammalian cell culture, and animal handling.
  • Experience in patient and clinical staff interactions.