Research Associate

Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department Nutrition Research Institute-633300
Working Title Research Associate
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Research
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Salary Range
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0002925
Position ID 20025890
Posting Open Date 02/06/2018
Application Deadline 03/19/2018
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Start Date 03/12/2018
Position Summary

Please note: This position is located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte), approximately 2 hours from the UNC Chapel Hill main campus.

The Research Associate will work as an integral part of the Sumner Lab at the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) to conduct metabolomics investigations in nutrition, environmental exposures, and metabolic variation. The Research Associate will acquire, analyze, and interpret findings using mass spectrometry, software for statistical and multivariate analysis, and pathway mapping. The individual must have a good understanding of the quality control procedures used in mass spectrometry. Additionally, the Research Associate may participate in establishing and applying new methods in metabolomics data capture and analysis.

Educational Requirements

PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or other field relevant to developing and applying mass spectrometry methods is required.

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of 5 years of experience in the application and analysis of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry data with knowledge of QC procedures. Experience in sample extraction and preparation from biospecimens including humans, animals, and cell cultures, as well as experience in handling, storage, and disposal of biospecimens. This position requires strong critical thinking skills, self-direction and motivation, project management skills, effective time management and organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills for communicating scientific results, and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Computer skills required: Experience working with Waters and/or Thermo software for mass spectrometry and Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with metabolomics studies using ThermoFisher Scientific (Orbi-Trap) and/or Waters (Synapt GS2) LC-MS platforms, and identification of environmentally relevant compounds. Knowledge and experience in metabolomics data analysis, e.g., statistical and multivariate data analysis and pathway analysis.

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Department Contact Name and Title Brandi Childers, HR Manager
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Applicant Documents

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

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above
  2. * This position is located in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte). Are you able to work in Kannapolis?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience working with Waters and/or Thermo software for mass spectrometry?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the acquisition and analysis of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry data with knowledge of quality control procedures?
    • Yes
    • No