Durham, North Carolina

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 Technician III



The Laboratory of Derek Cain at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute is looking for a Research Technician III. The Duke Human Vaccine Institute is at the cutting edge of vaccine research, and offers a fast-paced, team-based environment with great potential for collaboration and career growth. The Research Technician III will conduct cellular assays to support studies of antibody-antigen interactions for the new Duke Center for HIV Structural Biology. The Research Technician III will conduct a variety of immunological assays, many relying on flow cytometry, including immunophenotyping, phospho-flow, calcium flux, and sorting. This position will require working with a variety of sample types, including cell lines, human cells, and animal tissues. The technician will maintain a laboratory notebook and will work with the PI and other laboratory staff for the analysis of assay data. The technician will also work with other team members to maintain a safe and orderly laboratory workplace. 



  1. Conduct cellular assays designed by PIs and/or staff scientists for evaluation of antibody-antigen interactions.
  2. Run samples on flow cytometers, and manage data for analysis by researchers.
  3. Maintain sufficient inventory of materials, supplies, and equipment for laboratory; clean and maintain laboratory equipment.
  4. Understand and comply with all safety standards and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for all laboratory staff.
  5. Collaborate with staff and perform other duties as requested by the Principal Investigator or senior lab staff.



This is a full-time position (40 hours/week).



  1. Work generally requires skills acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, zoology, or other science related scientific field program.
  2. Work requires 2+ years of research experience, or commensurate higher education (i.e., M.S.)
  3. Must be able to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and have ability to learn new skills.
  4. Must be detail-oriented and well-organized with strong communication skills and the ability to work in an interactive team environment.
  5. Willing and able to:
    1. Work with infectious human and animal material at Biosafety Level 2+
    2. Comply with vaccination requirements when necessary



  1. Experience in flow cytometry.
  2. Experience in laboratory work at Biosafety Level 2 containment.

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 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.


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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