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Emory University Research Specialist, Lead in Atlanta, Georgia



  • 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.

Additional Details

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science field and previous research experience with human specimens and/or DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing.

Additional Job Details:

  • The ideal candidate for this position will have hands-on laboratory research experience working with human specimens and a working knowledge of molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, DNA extraction, sequencing).

  • This research specialist will help execute research projects in the lab and further develop the research program, which focuses on the genetics of craniofacial anomalies.

  • This will involve managing laboratory experiments including DNA extractions, PCR, and next-gen and Sanger sequencing, preparing and maintaining a large collection of DNA samples, managing the LIMS database that tracks the sample inventory and data, analyzing genetic data, handling equipment installation and repairs, and coordinating research activities with collaborating groups.

  • Excellent lab record keeping, an eye for detail, and excellent verbal and written communication are critical.

  • Experience with human research subjects (CITI certified) is preferred.

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Job Number 32112

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Hum Gen: Admin

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

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries about this statement should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322