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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Lead Research Specialist in Atlanta, Georgia

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future.We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The Winship Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource (CTPSR) seeks a research specialist to lead their blood and bone marrow specimen biobank and assist with preparation for CAP accreditation. This lead research specialist will work in a multidisciplinary team focused on providing high quality biological specimens to investigators for research.Ideal candidates will have extensive experience with: processing of blood, bone marrow, and other human-derived biospecimens under aseptic conditions; isolation, cryopreservation, and QC of PBMC and other derivatives; SOP and policy development and writing; biorepository inventory and data management using a specimen tracking LIMS such as OpenSpecimen; freezer maintenance, organization, and temperature monitoring; and shipping of biospecimens. Candidates must have experience working in a CAP or similarly accredited laboratory, understand the regulations and requirements imposed by accreditation, and be capable of helping CTPSR prepare for and navigate the rigorous inspection process. This will include developing and writing policies and SOPs, helping to establish QA/QC procedures, implementing a document management system, and fulfilling other CAP accreditation requirements. The chosen candidate must be able to complete required training modules and demonstrate understanding and the ability to follow standard procedures to ensure collected specimens are of the highest quality. They will be expected to take ownership of tasks and projects, maintain a high level of productivity, communicate regularly with leadership and investigators regarding ongoing projects, participate actively in lab meetings and meetings with investigators, provide input and recommendations to facilitate and/or improve services to investigators, and train fellow lab members on new procedures.


  • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.

  • Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.

  • May assist in protocol design.

  • Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.

  • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures.

  • Analyzes and interprets results of studies.

  • Demonstrates and trains others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques and equipment.

  • Calibrates, troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment.

  • Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.

  • Monitors laboratory processes to maintain quality assurance standards.

  • Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data and prepares charts and graphs.

  • Monitors the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances.

  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Possession of excellent written and oral communication skills, be committed to providing outstanding customer service, and follow the direction of lab leadership.

  • This position will require occasional travel to other sites within the Emory system.

  • Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree in a life science and experience processing human blood and other biospecimens in an accredited research laboratory.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University location as needed. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 57846

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Exec.V.P. for Health Affairs

Department Winship Clinical Trials

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.

Job Category Laboratory

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta