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Duke University
Durham County, North Carolina, US
Closing date
May 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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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.

Occupational Summary

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.

Work Performed

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 microscopic examination.

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 supplies

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 director.

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.




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.

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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