This position is located at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, NC near Charlotte, NC.

This Research Technician will work in the area of genes and environment interaction affecting development and adult health. The primary responsibility, under the team’s direction, is to maintain rodent colonies (mice and rats) and conduct behavioral experiments.

The Research Technician must have an understanding of general colony maintenance and behavioral experiments, as well as be able to exercise judgment in the planning and use of experimental techniques, the modification of existing techniques, and the analysis of data. After an initial training period, the technician should be able to take a general outline, follow a detailed standard operating procedure with minimal supervision, perform the experiment, gather reliable data, prepare a focused report of the results, and then present to the lab research group. The technician must be willing to learn new techniques as needed and must be able to support the scientific needs of multiple senior research personnel. The individual should be able to instruct others in techniques used, as well as occasionally supervise less experienced personnel.

The successful candidate must be able to apply working knowledge of basic cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry to daily responsibilities; be able to work effectively and respectfully as part of a diverse team; work independently with minimal supervision; be able to keep accurate records; and work within a specific research protocol following standard operating procedures. The successful candidate must be able to work with rodents, and be available to perform essential duties during holidays, weekends, and severe weather. Previous experience working in a lab setting and with rodents preferred.

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