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Research Specialist

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Job Location
125 Mason Farm Road, Marsico Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States
$49,500 - $56,000
Job Description

Performs established genomic molecular and expression assays and associated quality control.

Responsible for completion of all required Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) entry relative to assigned projects.

Designs and implements assay development projects.

Responsible for following approved UNC LCCC Transalation Genomics Lab SOPs at all times relative to assigned projects.

Helps develop, implement, and continually improve lab best practices and standard operating procedures.


Required qualifications:

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.

Demonstrated proficiency in the operation of laboratory instrumentation including next generation sequencing devices.

Experience in advanced nucleic acid extraction, gene expression and genomics platforms; e.g., lllumina NGS platforms.

Planning large scale NGS projects.

Proficiency with MS Office.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience in molecular biology.

Experience performing manual or automated library generation for NGS.

Experience with biospecimen storage, tracking and LIMS database use.

About Our Organization

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, founded in 1975, is one of 47 National Cancer Institute (NCI)- designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. The Center’s mission is to reduce cancer occurrence and death in North Carolina and the nation through research, treatment, training and outreach.

The LCCC Translational Genomics Laboratory (TGL) supports translational human cancer genomics research at UNC. TGL performs biospecimen processing and analyses to support preclinical research protocols and clinical trials involving genetic characterization of patient-derived specimens. TGL uses highly-automated platforms for reproducible medium-throughput nucleic acid extraction and library preparation from tumor, tissue and blood samples. Key directions in our laboratory development and service plan are integration with clinical and laboratory research teams through focusing on cross-disciplinary project management, use of network-based LIMS for sample and workflow management, and the employment of practices and standards resembling those of clinical diagnostic laboratories.