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Department Injury Prevention Research Ctr-633500

Career Area Research Professionals

Posting Open Date 05/13/2024

Application Deadline 05/27/2024

Open Until Filled No

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Working Title Research Chemist

Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Number 20063857

Vacancy ID NF0008141

Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Permanent


Hours per week 40

Position Location North Carolina, US

Hiring Range $60,000 - $70,000

Proposed Start Date 07/01/2024

Position Information

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Primary Purpose Of Organizational Unit

Created in 1987, the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center ( UNC IPRC ) is one of the nation’s leading university-based injury and violence prevention research centers. IPRC’s mission is to build the field of injury and violence prevention through interdisciplinary scholarly research, and by training the next generation of injury prevention researchers and practitioners. UNC IPRC is one of the nine active centers in the Centers for Disease Control’s ( CDC ) Injury Control Research Center ( ICRC ) program, and one of the only two research centers to be continuously-funded as a CDC ICRC since the inception of the ICRC program.

UNC IPRC is internationally known for the high quality of its interdisciplinary research and for developing innovative research methodologies. The Center conducts a wide range of research studies, with the ultimate goal of advancing the practice-relevant knowledge base for injury/violence prevention. UNC IPRC’s staff and core faculty serve as a trusted source of expert knowledge on injury/violence prevention science. The Center supports several student-led research consortiums on campus, and hosts an Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship program.

Additionally, to ensure that science on injury/violence prevention is rapidly translated into measurable and effective injury prevention actions, UNC IPRC also conducts an extensive set of community-based training and outreach activities. Many of our community-based activities are planned and implemented in collaboration with partners such as the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch ( IVPB ) of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Through its partnerships with IVPB and others, UNC IPRC plays a long-term leadership role in catalyzing evidence-based injury prevention activities through training and outreach to professional, governmental, and public groups.

Position Summary

The Research Associate will work in a specialized laboratory section focused on controlled substance drug checking. They will be responsible for following standardized protocols for analyzing street drugs using infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, while assisting with the interpretation of complex data and contributing to methods development. This position will carry out collaborative research and train new undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral lab members in testing for a variety of substances.


The primary role (80%) is to apply advanced knowledge of chemistry principles, methods, procedures, and techniques to develop, conduct, and evaluate complex qualitative chemical analyses for a variety of substances. This includes:
• Performing/checking complex and advanced work in both standardized and non-standardized testing
• Evaluate new equipment, procedures, and developments in the field
• Create chemical libraries to identify constituents of unregulated drugs
• Function as technical expert for public health team members
• Prepare training documents to assist other academic labs in conducting public health drug checking

This work requires strong knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in using FTIR and GCMS and/or LCMS for the analysis of unregulated drug samples.

The second role (20%) is assisting the training of new undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral lab members in laboratory methods and computational tasks. Share expertise in both formal (professional conference) and informal situations (group meeting). Assist in general lab troubleshooting and development of new research strategies.

Minimum Education And Experience Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, And Experience

The Research Associate will have the following essential competencies:
• Recent experience working in a laboratory that focuses on problems of compelling biological importance.
• Demonstrated ability to work with an elevated level of independence, to design and troubleshoot new experiments, to solve experimental problems independently, and to be able to relate work to the larger big-picture laboratory context.
• Knowledge of forensic chemistry methods and instrumentation.
• Ability to perform advanced spectral analysis using multiple reference libraries.
• Experience working with controlled substance reference standards, complying with federal and state regulations.
• Familiarity with principles of harm reduction and public health approaches to reducing drug-related harms.
• Ability to interact constructively with diverse individuals with recent experience in training or teaching laboratory personnel.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, And Experience

Master’s Degree or above in Analytic Chemistry, Forensic Biochemistry or a related life science with a minimum of 5 years work experience in forensic laboratory or Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology or a related life science with a minimum of 10 years work experience

Special Physical/Mental Requirements

Ability to work occasional long days, as research work requires.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions

Quick Link https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/280449

Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Trent Hopper, HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected]

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran
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