Research Specialist - DeParis Lab

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

October 26, 2021


Posting Information Department Microbiology and Immunology-422501

Career Area Research Professionals Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 09/28/2021 Application Deadline 10/26/2021 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Research Specialist - Contributing Salary Grade Equivalent GN08 Working Title Research Specialist - DeParis Lab Position Number 00062039 Vacancy ID P013603 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 1-3 years Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Work Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Location Hiring Range $43,337 - $54,000 Pay Band Information

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is one of the largest basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The department has multiple missions: teaching, research and service to the State. The department trains PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows to become future scientists, researchers and faculty. We teach undergraduate courses that train medical students, dental, pharmacology, and nursing students in the basics of immunology and microbiology/bacteriology. The students go on to become physicians, dentist, pharmacists and nurses. All faculty integral to our teaching program are full members of the department. Joint faculty, especially from clinical departments, augment these efforts. Our research mission is what makes us a unique organization. Our ability to ask and answer questions of biological and clinical relevance is extraordinary. This is enhanced by our clinical faculty located in the hospital and the collection of joint faculty who are medical doctors. The research interests of the department also overlaps significantly with other programs on campus, and many of our faculty are affiliated with these programs. We have important and close interactions with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Curriculum in Genetics, Program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Thurston Bowles Arthritis Center and the Neuroscience Center. The service mission to the state is carried out in a variety of ways and that includes principally the supervision of the clinical microbiology and immunology labs. Unusual among medical school faculty who supervise clinical bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunology, all have primary academic appoints in the department.

Position Summary


The De Paris lab conducts basic and translational research in the areas of pathogen-host interactions, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and immunology. The primary research focus in Dr. De Paris' lab is on the immunology of infectious diseases in infants. The majority of the work is centered on HIV, with studies being performed both in the nonhuman primate model of HIV and with human samples. This position will be managing the lab, collecting and analyzing data, processing samples, and performing immunological and molecular assays. Therefore, while

the subject position will continue to function as lab manager, the applicant will, in addition, independently perform complex experiments in the area of HIV pathogenesis and vaccine testing. The duties and responsibilities include lab management, sample processing, immunological and molecular assays (incl. flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry), and data analysis.

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.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Meticulous work habits, strong lab organization and safety oversight; good understanding of basic scientific principles and assay procedures; basic knowledge of HIV pathogenesis and immunology and continued knowledge update; capability to oversee lab organization and safety protocols;

competent in the performance and understanding of assay protocols and principles; capable of data analysis and preparation for publication; ability to train staff in procedures.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a minimum of 3 years lab experience. Good oral and writing communication skills.

Excellent record keeping

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work, Evening work occasionally, Night work, Night work occasionally, Weekend work, Weekend work occasionally Special Instructions Quick Link https: //

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

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

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

  • Cover Letter
  • Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How many years of experience do you have working in a lab?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Indicate the laboratory processes you have experience performing (select all that apply):
  • In-vitro experimentation
  • Dose range experiments
  • Time course experiments
  • Thin layer chromatography
  • Gas chromatography
  • High-performance liquid chromatography
  • Flow cytometry
  • Oxidative burst assays
  • Phagocytosis assays
  • Leukocyte differentials by microscopy on induced sputum samples
  • Do you have knowledge of appropriate biosafety level protocols?
  • Yes
  • No
  • 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