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Research Laboratory Analyst I

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  207234
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Mar 3, 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.

Research Laboratory Analyst I (Duke RBL Virology)



The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) is a multi-disciplinary research organization at Duke University focused on basic, translational and clinical research to develop novel vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for infectious diseases that impact global health.  The Duke Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) is a division of the DHVI that supports a specific portfolio of research programs requiring enhanced biosafety and security. 

The Duke RBL has three collaborative research units: Immunology, Virology, and Microbiology.  These units directly support resident DHVI/RBL faculty and are also available to support Duke faculty and their collaborators as fee-for-service shared resources, and each unit provides users with safety/security training, animal model support and use of the Duke RBL containment environment

The RBL Virology Unit is recruiting a Research Laboratory Analyst I to support a multi-disciplinary team developing medical countermeasures and vaccines against emerging and re-emerging biothreats.



  • Serve as project leader for existing and future projects.
  • Independently design and execute complex custom assays for customers with a variety of viruses and hosts.
  • Independently write and contribute to scientific manuscripts.
  • Independently write and contribute to the development of new protocols.
  • Independently perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting research laboratory assays, experiments and determinations to obtain data under standard operating procedure (SOP)-driven best practices; compile, analyze, and document primary data.
  • Train and guide junior staff on laboratory technique, safety, and standard practices. Major emphasis on cell culture and PCR-related tasks.
  • Confer with Virology Unit Manager, Principal Investigator and RBL/DHVI leadership to review work assignments and develop plans for experiments; make modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of particular studies as required.
  • Attend all required training.
  • Manage and complete all assigned tasks/projects in accordance with standardized operating procedures and in full compliance with all safety protocols.

Perform additional duties as requested by the Virology Unit Manager and RBL/DHVI leadership.




A Bachelor’s degree in biology or other related scientific field, Master’s Degree preferred. Two years of related virology, microbiology or immunology research experience preferred. Must be detail-oriented, well organized with strong computer and communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.



The successful applicant must be eligible for and willing to:

    • Work with hazardous biological agents handled at BSL2 and BSL3
    • Comply with vaccination requirements when necessary
    • Complete US Department of Justice screening for Select Agent registration
    • Complete Select Agent registration at Tier 1
    • Achieve external certification for independent work at BSL3

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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