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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Assistant Academic Research Scientist, School of Medicine: Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia

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We are seeking a highly-motivated Assistant Scientist to join a team of scientists studying precision medicine in pediatric/young adult cancers. This individual will help the principal investigator, Dr. Hong, to help manage the lab and engage in the discovery and validation of novel candidate cancer genes and therapeutic targets for cancer using techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 and other gene editing techniques. Some of the cancers involved include kidney and brain cancers such as Wilms Tumor and Atypical Teratoid/ Rhabdoid Tumor, as well as other rare pediatric cancers. The successful candidate will help manage lab operations (from ordering to maintaining equipment) with Dr. Hong, help with manuscript / grant preparation, and perform laboratory studies to help trainee projects along.

Some techniques will include performing DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, Western blotting, conventional and recombinational cDNA subcloning, cell and tissue culture, transfections viral-based gene transfer methods, and participate in high-throughput screening experiments with patient derived models, generating patient models, FACS, microscopy, mouse handling, and analyses of WES/WGS/ATAC/RNAseq data. In addition, the individual will assist with lab management responsibilities such as ordering, stocking supplies, maintaining laboratory equipment and teaching trainees to preparing reagents and solutions for the laboratory.


  • Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Academic Research Scientist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex tasks necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs.

  • Responsible for working with experimental platforms specific to the hiring Program.

  • Duties will include but are not limited to experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation and communication of results of basic and/or translational research.

  • Will be required to review literature and apply advanced knowledge, skills, and input necessary for protocol development.

  • May assist in grant and other funding applications as necessary and appropriate.

  • Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • Prior research experience (such as a MS or PhD) in molecular biology or biochemistry is required.

  • Computational work is a plus but can be taught.

  • The candidate should possess strong interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills.

  • Further, the ideal candidate will be motivated, detailed, goal-oriented and possess excellent organizational including the ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment.


  • PhD OR MD OR Master's degree and five years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab.

  • Internship experience or experience prior to attaining the qualifying degree is not considered eligible work experience for this job classification. Laboratory experience will be based on area of assignment.

  • Applicants applying with a M.D. or equivalent degree must be eligible for a Georgia medical license to meet the minimum qualifications.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 99386

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Peds: Solid Tumor

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Laboratory

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor