Research Specialist

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

July 6, 2022


Posting Information

Posting Information

Department Lineberger Compr Cancer Center-426801

Career Area Research Professionals Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 06/22/2022 Application Deadline 07/06/2022 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Research Specialist - Contributing Salary Grade Equivalent GN08 Working Title Research Specialist Position Number 20046586 Vacancy ID P015439 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, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Work Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range $43,000 - $50,000 Pay Band Information

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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service. OUR VISION Our vision is to be the nation's leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding. OUR MISSION Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond. Education: We will prepare tomorrow's health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team- oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce. Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Position Summary

This Research Specialist position in the Tissue Procurement Facility/Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is responsible for the procurement and preparation of distribution samples of malignant and non- malignant tissue and blood products from UNCH operating rooms and pathology suites following policies and procedures for such collection, storage, processing, and distribution as set up by the Tissue Procurement and Analysis Core Facility. Interaction with investigations is also included to ensure that tissue is collected according to specific criteria of a research study. Obtaining all necessary paperwork is needed prior to tissue procurement as well as following all established policies associated with responsible procurement and handling of human specimens.

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

This position requires a basic understanding of scientific principles, methods, results presentation, and reporting. Candidates must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision; strong attention to detail; and an ability to handle deadlines, flexibility with priorities, and ability to handle confidential information. Must be able to manage multiple projects and their associated tasks, activities, and timelines. Must be able and willing to work within a cooperative team environment. Proficiency with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other MS Office and electronic mail software, and experience with electronic informational resources is required. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are essential. Good written and oral communication skills are needed.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Previous clinical research experience and knowledge and familiarity of human specimen collection, research data management, and inventory control preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical/Mental Requirements

Ability to sit/stand for long periods of time. Ability to move up to 50lbs occasionally with or without accommodation. Manual dexterity. Ability to manipulate cryogenic samples.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Position/Schedule Requirements Carcinogen handlers (Labworkers), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally, Rotating shifts occasionally, Weekend work occasionally Special Instructions Quick Link https: //

Contact Information

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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
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents

  • List of References
  • 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
  • Do you have knowledge of specimen collection, research data management, and inventory control through education or work experience?
  • yes
  • no
  • Do you have familiarity with solid tissue specimen collection, processing, and basic annotation according to clinical database?
  • yes
  • no