Share this Job

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II - Human Vaccine Institute

Req ID:  6281
Date:  Nov 10, 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.



  • Perform multiple duties in Dr. Barton Haynes’ laboratory using a variety of small animals as immunization models to study broadly neutralizing antibody responses for HIV vaccine development. 
  • Perform hands-on procedures on a variety of small animal species, including rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice.  Procedures may include, but are not limited to, observations for normal behavior, routine weighing, blood collection, identification, injections, euthanasia, organ harvests, sample processing, etc.
  • Process samples of various animal tissues for downstream assays, including flow cytometry, cell culturing, DNA extractions, serum collection, histopathology, etc. and precise aliquoting and storage.
  • Distribute samples to various downstream teams, maintaining a trackable chain of custody throughout.
  • Assist with performing immunogen formulations, tracking and accessioning of immunogens/adjuvants, organizing/storing animal tissue samples, and developing manifests for shipping samples to collaborating labs.
  • Understand and comply with all safety standards and procedures, including DHVI, DLAR, and Duke Regulations, to insure a safe working environment for all laboratory staff and animals.
  • Design, execute, analyze and archive experiments in a manner that is scientifically justifiable, reliable and understandable to others.
  • Maintain detailed notes utilizing multiple formats (handwritten lab notebooks, electronic databases), understanding the critical need for precise record-keeping.
  • Keep lab equipment, chemicals reagents and supplies in excellent order.  Perform routine lab maintenance, cleaning, ordering and organizing.
  • Be able to communicate clearly and precisely the experiments performed and the results of each. 
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Principal Investigator or Senior Lab Staff 
  • Confer with supervisor and senior lab staff in helping to review and develop plans for animal immunization studies.


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


  • Experience with rabbits and guinea pigs required; experience with basic laboratory techniques required.
  • Must be able to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and have ability to quickly learn new skills
  • Must be detail-oriented, well organized with strong communication skills and ability to work in an interactive team environment.


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