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Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  227139
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  May 24, 2023

This Position is 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

Moody Discovery Lab – Duke Human Vaccine Institute



The Moody Discovery Laboratory focuses on understanding the B cell responses during HIV, influenza, and syphilis infection, providing pre-clinical and translational support for downstream human clinical studies that fall within DHVI’s mission of performing research against infectious diseases that impact global health. The lab is a resource for both nonhuman and human cellular phenotyping, flow characterization, staining and analysis at DHVI.  Further, the Moody Discovery Laboratory performs a variety of assays to support the DHVI mission; including ELISA and ELLA based assays, RNA/DNA extraction for sequencing, and production of influenza and syphilis proteins.  The Research Analyst will report directly to the Senior Research Laboratory Manager. 



  1. Work with the PI and in harmony with Laboratory Leadership to develop and shape the goals of the Reagent Development Program within the Moody Discovery Laboratory: 
  1. Understand and prioritize activities within the Reagent Development Program based on fluctuating needs across the Moody portfolio.   
  1. Coordinate with the PI, Laboratory Leadership, Program Management and other key stakeholders on a regular and timely basis to accommodate urgent, short-term, and long-term needs, deliverables, and goals. 
  1. Manage and track protein production requests and projects in project management programs to ensure that protein production timelines and customer deadlines are met. Maintain project management tools to reflect protein production status as close to real-time as possible for upstream and downstream users 
  1. Draft and implement SOPs and procedures for the Reagent Development Program.  Review and understand current technologies and field research available in literature to refine SOPs and procedures. Conduct periodic review and revision of SOPs to ensure they are up-to-date. 
  1. Work closely with DHVI Quality Assurance for Duke Vaccine Immunogenicity Programs (QADVIP) to achieve quality control of proteins produced in the Moody Discovery Laboratory. 


  1. Work with the PI and in harmony with Laboratory Leadership on all technical and operational aspects of the Reagent Development Program, identifying potential risks and developing proactive solutions.   
  1. Design plasmids based on various scientific needs 
  1. Troubleshoot issues arising from plasmid production, protein / antibody expression and purification and identify resolutions; implement resolutions, training staff, updating SOPs, etc., as appropriate. 
  1. Oversee secondary purification process of proteins and antibodies.  Troubleshoot and offer suggestions when purification by FPLC is required.  Perform purification procedure as needed/required to prevent bottlenecks in the process, which slow-down the delivery of reagents 
  1. Oversee quality control of proteins, to include producing certificates of testing (CoT) and certificates of analysis (CoA). 
  1. Responsible for CoT and CoA recordkeeping, inventory, and audits. Work with contract vendors, as necessary, to perform relevant QC. 
  1. Report all issues to appropriate safety, laboratory, and leadership staff in a timely manner.  Follow up as needed to gain resolution 


  1. Assist in the day-to-day activities of the Reagent Development Program, including operational and technical aspects, reagent and material inventories, safety and training compliance, and staff activities. 
  1. Ensure all laboratory orders are appropriately applied to relevant fund codes, coordinating with Program Management as necessary.   
  1. Obtain quotes and prepare justifications for purchases, as needed.   


  1. Perform other duties as assigned by the PI. 



A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in the laboratory setting with a BS.  

  • Must have proven organizational skills, communication skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Must be comfortable providing written and oral updates to multiple levels. Must be capable of building strong working relationships with internal and external teams. 
  • Experience with pharmaceutical industry standards highly preferred.  Experience with Smartsheet or other project management software highly preferred.   


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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