Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Job Title Research Technician (Zylka Lab)
Department Name Cell Biology and Physiology - 422001
Vacancy ID S018396
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Hiring Range Dependent on Qualifications/Experience
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
If part-time, how many hours per week?
Proposed Start Date 10/04/2021
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months not to exceed 11 months
Posting Open Date 09/09/2021
Posting Close Date 09/29/2021
Description of Work
The Department of Cell Biology and Physiology is a basic science department in
the School of Medicine and engages in a broad range of teaching and research
activities. Faculty in the Department conduct research on a variety of
problems ranging from the study of nervous system function to the control of
blood pressure. It is also strong in renal, endocrine, respiratory,
cardiovascular and neurophysiology. Faculty in this department also interacts
with clinical departments within the School of Medicine. The department's
breadth of research interests allows us to offer students a unique exposure to
physiology at the molecular, cellular and organ levels. Active interaction
occurs with other basic science departments at the University as well as
collaboration with scientists at nearby Duke University and Research Triangle
The goal of our research is to develop treatments for chronic pain and autism
spectrum disorders. The primary purpose of this Temporary Research Technician
position is to perform standardized molecular biology, cell culture and
behavioral experiments, mouse colony management and husbandry, and be
responsible for general maintenance of lab equipment and lab management
(ordering supplies, tracking invoices, managing solutions.)
The employee will work under the supervision of the P.I. and/or senior
postdoctoral research staff to complete the following experimental procedures:
1) Molecular biology work, including preparation for and/or assistance with
PCR genotyping, western blotting, DNA cloning
2) Preparation of solutions and standard media
3) Assist PI/other lab members with anesthetizing mice and dissection of
tissues, including brain and dorsal root ganglia
4) Assist other lab members with behavioral experiments with mice
5) Assist with intrathecal, intravenous, and oral gavage to administer drugs
6) Mouse colony management and husbandry
7) Generating cortical neuron cultures using established procedures
8) Culture of cell lines
9) Transfection of DNA into cell lines and neurons
10) Use computer for email, word processing and data presentation
11) Maintain and record results in a lab notebook
This position will report results directly to the P.I. and/or senior postdocs
on a daily basis.
Education and Experience
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
This individual must have the ability to solve routine problems and make
routine decisions, but must consult with the PI or supervisor for guidance.
The selected candidate must have previous molecular biology lab experience,
previous experience working with or a willingness to learn mouse colony
management and husbandry, knowledge of cell culture techniques, and basic
computer skills for email, word processing, and data presentation. Ability to
maintain lab equipment and manage lab in day-to-day functions such as ordering
supplies, tracking invoices, and managing solutions is a must.
The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor's degree and training/experience
in neuroscience, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field.
The ideal candidate will have previous experience with PCR genotyping, western
blotting, and DNA cloning.
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
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.
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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