at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

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The Huang Laboratory is looking to hire a Research Technician III in the Department of Neurobiology.
Job responsibilities include:

  1. Breeding and Maintenance of mouse colonies – 20%
  2. Mouse behavior and data analysis – 30%
  3. Data management – 10%
  4. Neuroanatomy and histology – 40%
    • Stereotaxic viral injection, immunohistochemistry, microcopy, image analysis and quantification.
  5. Supervising Graduate and undergraduate students
  6. Developing items for publication


Non-exempt, hourly paid staff member, subject to overtime pay if worked over 40 hours in a week. Any overtime must be approved in advance of it being worked.


Position is 100% research/grant funded. In accordance with Duke Policies, 100% research funded personnel are not eligible for severance benefits or the Duke Reduction in Force policy.


Occupational Summary

  • Perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting physical, chemical, biological, and other research laboratory tests, experiments, and determinations to obtain data for research purposes; compile, analyze, document, and draw tentative conclusions from experimental results. 
  • Confer with principal investigator to review work assignments and develop plans for research experiments; make minor modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular equipment as required. Review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts, and other literature for information applicable to research experiments.
  • Work Performed
  • Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests. 
  • Obtain, prepare, mount and stain tissue, blood, and other substances for microscopic examination. 
  • Prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents, and solutions. Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment. 
  • Review work of lower-level laboratory personnel within designated areas and assist in training new personnel. 
  • Develop charts and graphs for scientific publications. 
  • Maintain database for raw data and organize/prepare scientific data for analysis by the principal investigator. 
  • Assist with performing small and short-term basic experiments and completing individual parts of an overall large experiment/project.


Minimum Qualifications

Work generally requires skills acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology, or other science related scientific field program.


Work requires two years of research experience. A related master's E 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 OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.



Duke 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 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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