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100% grant-funded


Research Technician II
(CHSI – Tomaras Lab)

Description of the Position:
The Duke Center for Human Systems Immunology is seeking a detail-oriented scientist to fulfill a key role as Research Technician II to perform assays to assess the antibody response to vaccination and infection for diseases of global importance, including assessment of clinical trials for candidate SARS-CoV-2, HIV, malaria, and TB vaccines. The study results generated by the person in this role will inform pre-clinical and human clinical trials for vaccines. This person must be very organized, possess excellent communication skills, have a high level of technical precision, be interested in assay development and optimization, enjoy working in a fast-paced lab environment with multiple priorities, and be able to work well as part of a team.


Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Perform complex and highly technical assays in the laboratory to evaluate antibody dynamics in samples from human clinical studies.  Carefully and accurately document assay conditions, results, and quality control findings and report them promptly to meet deadlines. 
  • Process human blood, mucosal secretion, and tissue specimens while adhering to BSL-2 safety practices.
  • Play a key role in the development and standardization of new assays by participating in discussions of next steps for follow up assays and in assay design.
  • Assist the laboratory and project managers by contributing to the overall effort to streamline the workload, improve the efficiency of the assay, and contribute to the daily laboratory effort to adhere to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) guidelines. Assist with writing and editing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Maintain laboratory and associated equipment in a clean, well-ordered, and functional manner. Keep supplies on hand with a well-planned inventory and ordering system.  
  • Maintain laboratory notebook in an orderly fashion for tracking experiments and results. Provide written updates of work each week.
  • Work together with the study manager, data management team, and laboratory staff to ensure quality control of datasets.
  • Perform other related laboratory duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator.


Minimum Qualifications

Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field. Bachelor's or master's degree strongly preferred.


None required above education/training requirement OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.  Prefer candidates with some lab/research experience outside of the classroom (e.g. independent study, work-study, or summer research projects)


Department Preferences for Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science or related field
  • Strong background in laboratory techniques with technical precision, experience with cell culture and infectious samples is a plus.
  • Must be able to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to quickly learn new skills
  • Must be detail-oriented and well organized with strong communication skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced interactive team environment.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics, data collection and research principles normally acquired through education and training.
  • An interest in immunology, COVID-1 9, HIV, antibody-protein interactions and/or vaccine evaluation is highly desired.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite  



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Durham, North Carolina

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