Research Specialist

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

October 15, 2021


Posting Information Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment? No Position Title Research Specialist - Journey Working Title Research Specialist Position Number 20039527 Vacancy ID P013532 Budgeted Hiring Range $45,000-$55,000 Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent GN10 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm

Department Name and Number Comparative Medicine-621500 Date First Posted 09/17/2021 Closing Date 10/15/2021 Position Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Posting Category Laboratory Management and Services

Department Description

The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is responsible for the care of all vertebrate animals on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) campus. DCM is committed to programs of excellence in veterinary care and laboratory animal management practices for all species used in UNC-CH research endeavors.

A staff of more than 170 professional, technical, and administrative personnel provides quality animal care to a daily population of over 200,000 animals located in 26 animal facilities on and off the UNC campus. Federal funding and foundations sponsor over $900 million in research on the UNC campus conducted by the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, as well as the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.

A major responsibility of the Division's veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and laboratory technicians is the health care and humane use of all animals. The Division's program is reviewed semi-annually by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1973. DCM and the University also meet U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Public Health Service standards and regulations. As laboratory animal specialists they provide a comprehensive program of veterinary care, offer technical advice and assistance, and provide needed laboratory and research core services for teaching and research purposes.

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

The goal of our translational research is to study the behavioral and neurodevelopmental effects of pain. The Research Specialist will perform a variety of research and animal care duties, specifically for Morika Williams' lab. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: daily care of research animals, facility management, colony management, performing all aspects of an experiment, laboratory and project management, making deductions from data, analyzing and preparing findings, and training new personnel. This Research Specialist will also be for responsible for assisting in the development of, planning of, and independently conducting research experiments, including interpreting data and presenting research results. The position also involves managing daily operations of the laboratory (ordering supplies, tracking invoices, managing solutions), animal housing and care, and overseeing equipment and supply needs. Emergency animal care duties are required during adverse weather and/or other emergency situations.

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

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and data entry
  • Experience working with laboratory animals, including rats
  • Demonstrated organizational and experimental skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and customer service skills
  • Excellent demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with coworkers and researchers
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with and developing chronic pain models
  • Previous molecular biology experience
  • Experience working with mammalian cells in culture
  • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the LAT level or higher
  • Required Licenses/Certifications

    Must be able to achieve certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the ALAT level within the first year in this position and the LAT level within two years.

    Special Physical and Mental Requirements

    Capability of restraining a variety of animal species, including occasionally lifting animals weighing up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation .

    Position/Schedule Requirements Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally Position Attributes Severe Weather Essential; Communicable Disease Mandatory Stimulus/ARRA Funded No Quick Link https: //

    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.

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

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

  • Certification/licenses
  • Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • 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.
  • Are you proficient with Microsoft Office and data entry?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the ALAT level or higher?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have experience working in a laboratory animal setting?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have experience with Molecular Biology?
  • (Open Ended Question)