The NRI and this position are in Kannapolis, NC, in the Charlotte region.

Position Summary

The Research Technician is responsible for supporting a wide range of metabolism studies conducted in the Metabolomics and Exposome Laboratory (MEL) at the Nutrition Research Institute. The Research Technician will follow and prepare or revise standard operating protocols and quality control procedures of the MEL for the following: document receipt, inventory, and storage of samples; preparation of standards and biospecimens for NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry analysis; provide instrument setup, calibration, and minor repairs or maintenance; organization of data and evaluation of quality control standards; maintenance of records related to equipment, sample preparation, data acquisition, and data analysis; and literature review and document preparation.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Previous laboratory experience required.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • One year of directly related experience.
  • BS in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or related field.
  • Experience following SOPs for receipt, inventory, and storage of samples.
  • Experience with calibration of pipettes and balances.
  • Experience working in a laboratory that uses NMR and MS for metabolomics research.
  • Experience following SOPs for standard and biospecimen sample preparation for metabolomics studies.
  • Experience analyzing quality control data for mass spectrometry metabolomics studies (e.g., Progenesis Software, multivariate analysis).
  • Experience formatting and preprocessing targeted and/or untargeted MS data.
  • Multivariate analysis experience.
  • Pathway mapping experience.
  • Experience organizing and tracking standards in chemical inventories.
  • Experience matching MS/MS signals/fragmentation patters to RT, Exact Mass, MS/MS libraries and Public Databases.
  • Experience developing and expanding MS standard libraries.
  • Knowledge of NMR spectroscopy-based metabolomics.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.