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Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  231193
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Sep 11, 2023

This Position is Fully Grant Funded

School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Lab Research Analyst I

Denny Lab – Duke Human Vaccine Institute


Occupational Summary:


Implement technical activities of a scientific or research group in relation to the operation of specialized laboratories.  Acts as an advisor to subordinates to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems.  Develops assay budgets, schedules, and performance requirements.  Frequently interacts with other labs and coordinates the program activities with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and employees.  Serve as an advisor to faculty and lab managers to meet schedules and or resolve technical problems. Insure Standard Operating Procedures, GCLP and protocols are maintained and applied.  


Work Performed:


  • Adhere to Laboratory(s) policies and procedures.  Cooperate with various research staff on issues which impact laboratory services.
  • Work with various investigators, research personnel and staff to solve specific operating problems and improve technical activities.  Advise on technical procedures, techniques and equipment, and maintain conformance with specific operational standards.
  • Conduct a variety of investigations in the planning, development and implementation of experimental procedures and specialized laboratory techniques in the analysis of materials under experimentation.
  • Prepare and process specimens for complex immunological and virological procedures, also including elutriation and devise experimental techniques for testing and analysis as directed by laboratory manager.
  • Evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare reports and analyses, monitor trends and make appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
  • Maintain quality checks on safety of laboratories, including biohazards and insure maintenance of the facilities according to Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP).
  • Evaluate and recommend new techniques and technologies.  Install and maintain laboratory equipment in compliance with federal regulations.
  • Prepare technical reports reflecting volume of work, procedures utilized and test results; coordinate the preparation of reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
  • Represent the department/laboratory in interactions with other departments. 
  • Perform other laboratory duties as deemed necessary by laboratory management.


Below are additional specifics and details on those duties:


  1. Conduct a variety of investigations in the planning, development and implementation experimental procedures and specialized laboratory techniques in the analysis of materials under experimentation.
  2. Collect information and data through observation, experimentation and various other methods to include operating highly technical laboratory instruments and equipment’s for HIV, SIV studies.
  3. Prepare and process specimens for complex procedures, including HIV/SIV PCR, Flow Cytometry, EIA, WB, elutriation and devise experimental techniques for testing and analysis as directed. Evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. Train others accordingly.
  4. Monitor inventory of received samples and reagents, recording site information, scheduling thawing schedule for samples, perform assay or process, summarize data, create reports, summarize findings for quarterly report.
  5. Maintain lab instrument related records, perform QC & QA, write up related SOP, implement and maintain GCLP, run samples, summary results, report results, etc. as directed by Lab Director.
  6. Support the lab repository sample management and record keeping system.
  7. Assist to maintain and order sufficient inventory of materials currently used laboratory, supplies and equipment for performance of relative assay including plastics ware, medias and specified instrument reagents and instrument QC samples.
  8. Assist in data management for designated protocols and studies.
  9. Developmental assays including, validation, verification, planning assay, performing new assays and collecting data as instructed.
  10. Write SOP’s and assists in grant and contract applications.
  11. Assist to set up lab equipment used in laboratory related assays. Assist with upkeep such as setup, temperature monitoring, daily verify w/QC, proficiency, operate, perform daily maintenance, troubleshooting, record keeping, etc. as instructed.
  12. Implementing GCLP in lab. Assist to maintain GCLP on all work done such as following SOP’s, recording all data, results and dates on appropriate lab forms.
  13. Assist in training and instruct for in-house workshops, including assisting in workshop preparation, samples, presentations etc.
  14. Perform data summaries, procedural summaries; log keeping, assist in writing up for standard operating procedures, GCLP related policies, methodology, standards, recommendations and QA & QC.
  15. As directed, will interact with other laboratory sites to provide assistance, guidance and or assay summary.
  16. Assist in conference calls, and attend meetings and training sessions as needed.
  17. Conferring with PI and lab manager to review work assignments and develop plans for assay.
  18. Review lab methods, manuals, abstracts and other literatures for information applicable to ongoing research experiments.
  19. Follows through and completes assignments as directed.
  20. Perform other duties as required


Education, Skills, & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field.
  • Laboratory experience is helpful.
  • Must be detail-oriented, well organized and approach procedures with critical thinking of the technical aspects with strong communication skills and ability to work in an interactive team environment.  


Minimum Qualifications




Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology,psychology or other directly related scientific field.




Work requires two years of research experience. A related master's OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE 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.


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