Research Technician - Smith Lab

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

May 16, 2022


Posting Information

Posting Information

Department Nutrition Research Institute-633300

Career Area Research Professionals Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 04/22/2022 Application Deadline 05/16/2022 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Research Technician - Journey Salary Grade Equivalent GN06 Working Title Research Technician - Smith Lab Position Number 20044822 Vacancy ID P014995 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 3 years Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Evenings and weekends occasionally NOTE: This is an essential position that requires some onsite work during adverse weather conditions and holidays. Please note that while occasional remote work opportunities may arise, this position is 100% onsite in the laboratory due to the nature of the work.

Work Location Kannapolis, NC Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range $33,000 - $40,000 Pay Band Information

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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Learning how people can eat uniquely!

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is an internationally recognized center conducting innovative basic and translational science to establish how individual differences in nutrient requirements and responses to diet affect our nutritional needs. Our research contributes to the prevention and mitigation of chronic disease across the lifespan from periconception through aging.

Our Mission is to lead precision nutrition research through understanding how genetics and environment affect an individual's requirements for and responses to nutrients.

NRI principal investigators hold faculty appointments in the departments of Nutrition and Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. Their research interrogates nutrient roles in disease prevention, disease risk factors, and the impact of gene-environment and gene-nutrient interactions.

The NRI promotes excellence in nutrition knowledge, teaching, and research. We seek and encourage a diversity of experiences and ideas and provide the tools and flexibility for all employees to achieve success and excellence within their chosen occupations and aspirations.

We are committed to open dialogue, careful listening, becoming educated about the systems that hinder or prevent success, and taking action to ensure that all are equally acknowledged for their contributions and equally reap the benefits of being part of our community.

Our Vision is to use scientific discovery to ensure optimal health through individualized nutrition.

Everyone who works at the NRI supports this hopeful vision. Working at the NRI means doing good for the world. Join us!

The NRI and this position are in Kannapolis, NC, in the Charlotte region.

Position Summary

Laboratory team members perform research on precision nutrition utilizing animal models, with the goal of understanding how genes and diet interact to affect human health and disease. The responsibilities of the Research Technician include but are not limited to: standard molecular biology methods (PCR, western blot, plasmid isolation), cell culture (sterile technique, feeding and splitting), and mouse handling. This position will contribute to husbandry of our zebrafish facility including daily feeding, health checks, water chemistry, and room maintenance.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Selected candidate must demonstrate the following: Previous experience working in a laboratory Ability to work with rodents and zebrafish Strong attention to detail and accuracy in record keeping Strong communication skills Ability to work onsite during holidays, weekends, and severe weather events, as this position performs essential duties daily

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Experience with PCR, immunochemistry, western blots, and/or cell culture Bachelor's degree in a relevant scientific field Previous experience working with rodents

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Position/Schedule Requirements Animal Handler (non-DLAM), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Non-Healthcare TB exposure, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally Special Instructions Quick Link https: //

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources 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
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you possess the competencies necessary to perform the Research Technician position?
  • Yes
  • No
  • This position is located in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte). Are you able to work in Kannapolis?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you able to work on site during weekends, holidays, and adverse weather conditions as needed?
  • Yes
  • No