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Research Specialist

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Research Specialist - Journey
Working Title Research Specialist
Position Number 20024095
Vacancy ID P007627
Budgeted Hiring Range $46,833.30 - $57,240.70
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Salary Grade Equivalent 70
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Department Name and Number SOP-CPIT-452201
Date First Posted 09/14/2017
Closing Date 09/26/2017
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Research Professionals

Position Summary Information

Department Description

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the number one pharmacy school as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 America’s Best Graduate Schools edition. We are a nationally recognized leader in progressive pharmaceutical care practice, education and research. The School enrolls approximately 600 Doctor of Pharmacy students, 80 Ph.D. students, and 20 master’s degree students. We maintain a robust research enterprise dedicated to finding new treatments for diseases and better ways of delivering health care. The School ranks second among the nation’s pharmacy schools in external research funding received. Our mission is to develop leaders in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences who make a difference on human health worldwide.

The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) is a dedicated group of faculty, staff, fellows and graduate students who are committed to excellence in classroom and clinical instruction, practice and professional service. The Division’s faculty are engaged in clinical and laboratory based research to improve drug therapy outcomes for patients, in pharmacy education to pharmacists for North Carolina and in patient care activities at UNC Hospitals and Clinics.

The position will be assigned to the laboratory of Dr. Tim Wiltshire at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics and the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy,

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Position Description

This full-time Research Specialist will function as part of a developing team of scientists interested in understanding the genetic basis of variable medication responses; medications for a wide range of disease areas. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing research plans, reading literature relating to procedures, modifying and adapting procedures to suit particular project objectives, conducting the experiment, recording, and analyzing and interpreting data. Positions may initiate minor deviations in experimental design as necessary. Work may include training and supervision of others. The qualified candidate will be responsible for performance and documentation of scientific research in consultation with the laboratory PI.

For research design, conducting experiments/procedures, they will be responsible for planning and executing functional assays of genetic variants with minimal supervision, and troubleshooting of both experimental and instrumental technical issues. For data analysis support, they will be responsible for managing the inventory of biological specimens in the laboratory, maintaining records of shipment and storage of bio-specimens, and conducting a variety of laboratory functions aimed toward establishing a functional genomics lab. They will also need to possess the ability to accurately document laboratory experiments, analyze results, and evaluate data. For laboratory management, they will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of specialized laboratory equipment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

The ability to accurately document laboratory experiments, analyze results and evaluate data.

The ability to maintain and operate specialized laboratory equipment.

Previous experience in molecular biology techniques and theory, including: cell and tissue culture, DNA/RNA preparation and cloning, cell transfection, Western blotting, genotyping (e.g. TaqMan, Sanger sequencing, SNP chips, next-generation sequencing, etc.), PCR, qPCR, and siRNA knockdown is also highly desirable.

Applicants should have excellent organizational and time management skills, strict attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with diverse groups (e.g. laboratory staff, clinical staff, scientists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrative personnel).

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to those candidates with their Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biology, Human Genetics, Genomics, Pharmacology or Pharmacogenomics.

Demonstrated knowledge of handling and managing animal experiments (mouse) is preferred.

Other preferred qualifications include: previous experience developing research plans, planning and executing functional assays of genetic variants, troubleshooting experimental and instrumental issues. Previous experience managing laboratory specimens and maintaining records.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Research Specialist position.
    • Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment.
    • Associate's degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment and 2 years related experience.
    • Combination of related post-high school education and experience to equal at least 4 years of experience in a closely related field. (ex: 1 year towards a related degree and 3 years of related experience).
    • High School diploma/GED and at least 4 years of related experience
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and experience to equal at least 8 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 5 years of experience).
    • None of the above