RESEARCH TECHNICIAN SR
Requisition Number:: 152674
Date: Sep 9, 2021
Durham, NC, US, 27710
Personnel Area: MEDICAL CENTER
School of Medicine:
Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the
nation's top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes
pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators,
clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary
collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of
fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around
Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University
School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke
University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class
health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care,
the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses
Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke
Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health
and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.
Perform a variety of complex technical duties in the Electron Microscopy Lab
involved in conducting physical, chemical, biological and other research
laboratory tests, experiments and determinations to obtain data for research
purposes; compile, analyze, document and draw tentative conclusions from
experimental results. Confer with principal investigator to review work
assignments and develop plans for research experiments; make minor
modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the
needs of the particular equipment as required. Review laboratory methods
manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information
applicable to research experiments.
Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate
laboratory equipment required for specific tests.
Obtain, prepare, mount and stain tissue, blood and other substances for
Prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions.
Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for
performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment.
Review work of lower level laboratory personnel within designated areas and
assist in training new personnel.
Develop charts and graphs for scientific publications
Maintain database for raw data and organize/prepare scientific data for
analysis by the PI
Assist with performing increasingly complex or multi-day experiments
Confer with the principal investigator and/or Lab Manager to develop initial
plans for research experiments
Work with vendor for ordering and procuring quotes for lab equipment and
Department Specific Duties:
Prepare samples and advise on their collection, preparation and experimental
design; collect and analyze data from them; and advise principal investigators
from different departments on how to present data in publications.
Handle different types of fixed specimens from viruses and bacteria to
mammalian tissues and have considerable knowledge of their varied
ultrastructure and idiosyncrasies to be able to analyze specimen preparation
quality and changes in status due to experimental procedures.
Develop new policies and SOPs and keep careful notes of procedures and
experiments. Prepare reports and assist researchers to interpret analyses.
Help formulate needs of the laboratory and achieve the scientific goals.
Work directly with students and principal investigators to ensure that the
right research questions are asked and that the procedures to answer those
questions are appropriate. Manage the research projects.
Work with graduate, medical, and postdoctoral students, as well as faculty and
do this with little oversight from the director.
Work independently in implementing complex research procedures.
Operate electron microscopes, ultramicrotomes, and other complex and expensive
ancillary instrumentation independently of assistance from the manager or
Teach many of our clients to use some of this equipment themselves.
Organize meetings or conferences to keep laboratory personnel and users
informed on procedures, problems, or changing situations.
Order and maintain supplies and reagents.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Work generally requires skills acquired through the completion of a bachelor's
degree in botany, biology, zoology, Psychology or other science related
scientific field program.
Work requires four years of research experience. A related master's degree may
offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g., a two year master's
degree in lieu of two years of experience.
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of
the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions
given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of
the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees
may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically
presented in this description.
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providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color,
disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information,
national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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