Durham, North Carolina

School of Medicine:


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Occupational Summary

We are currently seeking a highly motivated Research Technician to join the newly established lab of Saskia Hemmers in the Department of Immunology. The Hemmers lab is studying how the tissue environment imprints T lymphocytes during early life and in the context of neuroinflammation. The candidate will be part of a growing highly dynamic and diverse team of scientists studying T cell biology utilizing a wide variety of cellular immunology, transcriptomics and mouse genetic approaches. Ideal candidates will be self-driven, creative and highly collaborative.


Work Performed

  • Standard mouse husbandry, including genotyping.
  • Perform molecular biology and cellular immunology experiments (including recombinant DNA methods, basic cell culture and flow cytometry)
  • Provide experimental support including mouse handling, mouse tissue processing and cell isolation.
  • Prepare and maintain detailed records of all procedures and results.
  • Lab organization (order supplies, organize equipment and supplies). Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Help with onboarding and training of new lab members.
  • Participate in lab meetings, review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life sciences, ideally with courses in molecular and cell biology;
  • Work experience in a life science laboratory;
  • Ability to learn complex tasks with general instruction;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills;
  • Prior basic experience in molecular biology techniques, tissue and cell processing and mouse handling are preferred;
  • Ability to work individually and as a team member in a low structure environment;
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise;
  • Minimum two-year commitment due to substantial training effort associated with the position.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


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


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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 essentialjob 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.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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