Research Technician

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Position Title

Research Technician

Working Title

Research Technician

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Center for Marine Science - 30600

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Center for Marine Science at UNC Wilmington is dedicated to providing an environment that fosters a multidisciplinary approach to questions in basic and applied coastal and marine research. The mission of the center is to support and promote coastal and marine science at UNCW, including research, outreach and service, and teaching. This includes a variety of fields such as oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, estuarine science, marine physiology and genetics, fisheries, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, marine policy and education, and other aspects of marine biology, marine and atmospheric chemistry, marine geology, environmental studies/sciences, and physical oceanography. The center fosters research programs of the highest quality and thereby enhances the educational experience provided by The University of North Carolina Wilmington for both undergraduate and graduate students in marine science.
This position is supported by grant funds to assist in the operation and maintenance of culture systems and conduct research in UNCW’s Shellfish Research Hatchery ( SRH ). The SRH’s mission is to conduct and facilitate research that will inform and contribute to North Carolina’s growing shellfish aquaculture industry through research, education and industry development.


Center for Marine Science - 30600 College

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Location of Workplace

CMS Myrtle Grove

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Research Technician position will be responsible for the culture of shellfish, including the spawning, larval rearing, setting and grow out of shellfish. This position would also assist in the cultivation of microalgae, including media prep, cell counts and feeding. This position would be responsible for having an operational understanding of the hatchery systems such that the position can conduct routine monitoring (collect and record data) of water quality, flow rates, pump functions, and maintain system functionality. As part of these activities, this position would be expected to collect data and analyze as needed to meet grant obligations.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High School and two years of directly related experience required to perform the assigned duties or equivalent combination of education and training and appropriate certifications.

Preferred education, professional skills and experience

A BS in biology or related field and one year of experience in aquaculture (either in a laboratory or commercial setting) and documented evidence of post-undergraduate training in shellfish aquaculture is strongly desired; and/or graduate work in a relevant field may also be considered as suitable experience.

Ability to work and communicate effectively as part of a team working together to achieve safe efficient and productive operation of hatchery systems

Ability to keep detailed and accurate accounts of daily operations

Ability to exercise good judgement when encountering problems and the willingness to seek advice/assistance from supervisor or colleague

Required Certifications or licensure

Recruitment Range



1.0 (40 hours per week)

Months Per Year

12 Months

Work Days

Monday -Friday (occasional Saturday/Sunday)

Work Hours

8:00AM -5:00PM

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Special Notes to Applicants

This position is time-limited with the possibility of continuation pending availability of funds and department need.

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume to successfully apply for this position. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

This position is being recruited at the Journey level. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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