Research Specialist

North Carolina, United States
20 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Performs a variety of complex technical, surgical, and enrichment activities involved in the planning, development and implementation of experimental procedures within the overall scope of a research project at Duke University. Serves as primary point of contact for veterinary services and procedures, as assigned, and interacts with PI/lab members accordingly. Communicates with lab managers regarding scheduling for such activities and requests, relays any issues/inconsistencies that arise to supervisors, and works with PI/lab managers to develop a solution while enhancing consistency of product and customer service.

Work Performed

  • Performs a variety of complex technical activities involved in conducting physical, chemical, biological, and other research laboratory tests, experiments, and determinations to obtain data for clinical or research purposes.
  • Monitors health status surveillance for all species within the DLAR census.
  • Regularly attends various veterinary rounds and departmental meetings as directed.
  • Provides or places permanent IDs and/or replacement IDs to animals that require it. Handles large animal cage card requests whether bred in-house and/or arriving from outside institution (animals that either need an alternate ID or bred inhouse).
  • Maintains semi-annual, annual, and monthly schedules of vaccines, weights/nail trims, new arrivals exams, and other similar recurring events for multiple species in accordance with the DLAR health calendar.
  • Plans and implements activities to meet the behavioral and enrichment needs of various species including but not limited to behavioral assessments, socialization, operant training, NHP cage safety, etc. as assigned.
  • Assists in surgery to include anesthetizing laboratory animals as required and serves as a circulating nurse throughout the procedures. Monitors anesthetized animals and documents necessary information into appropriate records.
  • Administers post-operative treatments to animals. Assists in the veterinary diagnostic laboratory, performing routine hematologic and parasitological tests as needed.
  • Evaluates and interprets collected data and prepares reports and analyses that interpret progress, adverse trends, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
  • Confers with principal investigator in developing plans for research projects and discusses the interpretation of results and the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.
  • Schedules and attends pre-study meetings that involve DLAR support services. Provides feedback with protocol amendments/changes, etc. Interacts with Education and Training Coordinator and vet staff involving any changes to SOPs as it relates to any technical, surgical, and/or enrichment responsibilities.
  • Provides backup support for both Veterinary and Rodent Services as assigned. Manages and maintains the organization, scheduling, development, documentation, etc. for a given project.
  • Regularly assesses the progression of the project. Consistently meets service expectations in terms of timeliness and customer appreciation. Ensures DLAR stays in compliance with Institutional Policies related to all animal activities. This includes IACUC, OLAW, USDA, AAALAC Intl. Policies.
  • Develop and implement DLAR Policies, Guidelines, and SOPs related to enrichment, clinical/technical and surgical activities as assigned. Determines and sets up instruments, material and apparatus and operates complex laboratory equipment required for specific tests.
  • Performs on-call requirements as assigned which includes week nights, weekends, and holiday rotations.

Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Clinical observations & evaluations of animal health status; Assist in surgery; Anesthetize and intubate dogs/cats; Administer daily treatments and medications; Basic animal restraint techniques (excluding primates); Basic diagnostic lab techniques; Basic radiograph techniques; Participate in enrichment plan; Anesthetize and intubate swine; Basic NHP’s restraint techniques; Large animal technical skills; Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit, etc. health evaluation and treatments; Ability to follow and enhance enrichment plan for NHP and other species; Manage and maintain the organization, scheduling, development, documentation, etc. for the given project. Regularly assess the progressionof the project. Consistently meet service expectations in terms of timeliness and customer appreciation. Large animal handling skills; Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit,etc. handling; Phlebotomy;Placing catheters; Prepare surgical packs; Intensive care and emergencycare; Antibody Production process; Able to train PI staff in lab animal technical skills;Interact more professionally and knowledgeably w/ high risk, high visibility groups

Requisition Number 401505547
Location Durham
Job Family Level10
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

 Duke University 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 essential job 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.


Work requires a basic science background normally acquired throughhigh school education.