Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 01/20/2022
Application Deadline 02/02/2022
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Working Title Research Associate
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Position Number 20042484
Vacancy ID NF0005571
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent upon qualifications or experience
Proposed Start Date 02/07/2022
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Chemistry Department is one of the largest and most complex departments in
the Division of Academic Affairs. There are 43 faculty members, 44 SHRA and
EHRA staff positions, 260 graduate students, 33 postdoctoral research
associates, 700 undergraduate majors, and an annual total of approximately
10,000 registrations by all students in classroom and laboratory courses. The
Department is housed in five buildings with over 580,000 sq. feet of space.
The faculty participate in teaching assignments which involve an average of
200 students per faculty member per semester. The majority of faculty are
research active and supervise graduate students working on their Masters or
Ph.D. degrees, undergraduate students carrying out independent research and
honors programs, research technicians and postdoctoral research associates.
Primarily the research is funded by federal and private agencies such as NSF,
NIH, Army, Navy, DOE, PRF and involves expenditures of more than nineteen
million dollars annually. A total of over thirty-two million dollars from all
sources is expended annually in the Department.
The Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Core
Laboratory at UNC plays a key role in operating and supporting Core laboratory
objectives by providing mass spectrometry expertise for utilization and
collaboration to both chemical and structural biology-based research
laboratories. As the lab manager, this position is to carry out independent
research and train all new undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral lab
The primary role (60%) is to conduct project development and instrument
optimization for research projects involving mass spectrometer instrumentation
and technologies. This entails conducting literature searches, modifying
existing instrument protocols, designing and implementing experiments,
generating reports to communicate findings to Core users, clients, the Core
Director and/or other members, and keeping thorough records of all
observations and investigations. Experiments include novel structure
elucidation, complex mixture analysis, extractions from biological matrices
such as blood, plasma, tissues, and cell culture; mass spectrometry-based
metabolomics and lipidomics. This work requires strong knowledge of existing
mass spectrometry instrumentation and complementary technologies like liquid
chromatography, the use of bioinformatics, data science tools, and python
The second role (20%) is orchestrating the training of new undergraduate,
graduate and post-doctoral lab users in laboratory instruments/methods and
computational tasks, while assisting with the interpretation of complex data.
The third role (20%) is dedicated to lab management. Ensuring that the lab
runs smoothly, tracking inventory and purchasing supplies, and a culture of
lab safety and compliance with chemical and biological regulations is
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent);
for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity,
will accept a relevant Bachelor's degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and
3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal
degree and licensure.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
The Research Associate will have the following essential competencies:
Recent experience working in a research laboratory that focuses on problems
of compelling chemical and/or biological importance.
Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of independence, to
troubleshoot mass spectrometry and chromatography equipment, to solve
experimental problems independently, and to be able to relate work to the
larger big-picture laboratory context.
Recent experience working with large datasets as evidenced by independently
analyzing mass spectrometry-based metabolomic, lipidomic, or quantitative data
Recent experience in computational bioinformatics as evidenced by
programming and problem solving.
Ability to interact constructively with diverse individuals with recent
experience in training or teaching laboratory personnel.
Knowledge of modern mass spectrometer equipment and software from various
Ability to work occasional long days, as research work requires.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
MSc degree preferred
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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