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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II - Human Vaccine Institute

Req ID:  2063
Date:  Aug 4, 2019

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER

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.


Research Technician II 
We are seeking a detail-oriented scientist to fulfill a key role as Research Technician II to support binding antibody assessments in an immune monitoring core lab. The assays performed by the Research Technician II will provide data to inform human clinical and nonhuman primate pre-clinical vaccine trials for HIV and other global health pathogens.


  • Perform assays and analysis for the immune monitoring laboratory to generate data on humoral immune responses for various vaccine protocols
  • Assist with development and qualification and/or validation of new humoral immune response assays
  • Assist with processing various biological specimen types for use in assays (ex. IgG depletion and elution, mucosal sample extraction).
  • Assist the laboratory and project managers by contributing to the overall effort to streamline the workload, improve the efficiency of the immune-monitoring core, and contribute to the daily laboratory effort to adhere to GCLP guidelines. Maintain laboratory and associated equipment in a clean, well-ordered, and functional manner.
  • Maintain laboratory notebook in an orderly fashion for tracking experiments and results. Provide written updates of work each week.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary and requested.

Preferred Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic skills in laboratory techniques with technical precision.
  • Ability to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and quickly learn new skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, well organized with strong communication skills and ability to work in a fast-paced interactive team environment.
  • An interest in immunology, antibody-protein biophysical interactions and/or vaccine evaluation is highly desired.



Minimum Qualifications


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


None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


Duke University 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 essential job 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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