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Research Technician II- Duke Center For Human systems Immunology

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, US
Closing date
Dec 18, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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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 the globe. 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. 100% grant funded The Duke Center for Human Systems Immunology is seeking a detail-oriented scientist to fulfill a key role as Research Technician II to perform sample and tissue processing as well as assays to asse ss the antibody response to influenza vaccination and infection in swine. The study results generated by the person in this role will inform pre-clinical and human clinical trials for vaccines. This person must be very organized, possess excellent communication skills, have ahigh level of technical precision, be interested in assay development and optimization, enjoy working in a fast-paced lab environment with multiple priorities, and be able to work well as part of a team. Job functions include: * Process bi-weekly blood, milk and nasal swab and saliva samples from study animals as well as tissue samples upon necropsy. * Perform complex and highly technical assays in the laboratory to evaluate antibody dynamics in samples from swine studies. Carefully and accurately document assay conditions, results, and quality control findings and report them promptly to meet deadlines. * Play a key role in the development and standardization of new assays, participating in discussions of next steps for follow up assays and in assay design. * Perform hemagglutination inhibition, ELISA, and other assays in the lab, and assist with development of new methods and protocols, optimization of reagents, testing of various conditions, and determination of feasibility of assays using novel antigens. * Assist with data analysis and writing of qualification documents and data reports. * Assist the laboratory and project managers by contributing to the overall effort to streamline the workload, improve the efficiency of the Assay and Reagent Core, and contribute to the daily laboratory effort to adhere to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP)guidelines. Assist with writing and editing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). * Maintain laboratory and associated equipment in a clean well-ordered, and functional manner. Keep supplies on hand with a well-planned inventory and ordering system. * Maintain laboratory notebook in an orderly fashion for tracking experiments and results. Provide written updates of work each week. Minimum Qualifications Education Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field. Experience None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE Department Preferred Experience and Skills * Two years of research experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and research experience. Strong background in laboratory techniques with technical precision, experience with cell culture and infectious samples is a plus. * Must be able to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to quickly learn new skills * Must be detail-oriented and well organized with strongcommunication skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced interactive team environment. Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to 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. Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values. Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department. Nearest Major Market: Durham Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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