Research Associate

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

February 2, 2022


Posting Information Department Chemistry-318300

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 FTE 1 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.

Position Summary

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 members.

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 programming.

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 paramount.

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 sets. 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 vendors. Ability to work occasional long days, as research work requires.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

MSc degree preferred

Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

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Department Contact Telephone or Email Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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  • 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