Emory University Research Specialist, Lead in Atlanta, Georgia


JOB DESCRIPTION: 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. DATE CREATED/MODIFIED/REVIEWED: 06/08/06 AMM

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We are seeking a Lead Research Specialist to work on multiple projects within our research group. Half of this person's time will be dedicated to helping coordinate laboratory aspects of the EcoMID study, a cohort study in Ecuador that examines interactions between enteric pathogens and the gut microbiome. Responsibilities on this project include coordinating specimen management and flow for the project, developing field and lab protocols, coordinating with and training of field and lab teams in Ecuador, procuring lab supplies, shipping samples and materials, coordinating with other project staff (e.g., database manager). The position will include carrying out and/or supervising culture-based and molecular lab work including DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, TaqMan Array Card, EED biomarker assays, and serological assays.

The other half of this person's time would be dedicated to miscellaneous tasks within our research groupacross multiple projects, including data tasks (data cleaning and management);laboratory management tasks (purchasing research supplies; management of laboratory environmental health and safety compliance; laboratory trainings, troubleshooting protocols); administrative tasks (project budget tracking, website maintenance, management of human subjects protocols); and academic tasks(carrying out literature reviews, formatting manuscripts for submission, assistance with the submission of grant proposals). The position involves coordination with colleagues at Emory and other institutions (in particular Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, CDC, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia), and may involve supervision of student researchers.

More information about the lab can be found at. This position is located in Atlanta, GA. The Research Specialist, Ld will have the opportunity to participate in activities of theandat Emory, and to take advantage of other resources available at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), one of the nation’s leading schools of public health. RSPH has the benefit of being located directly adjacent to the U.S. CDC.

The successful candidate will have microbiology lab experience, in particular experience developing standard operating procedures, managing sample flow for research projects, and managing databases. Experience with molecular biology techniques, nucleic acid extraction methods, multiplex platforms is a plus. Candidate must be highly organized; have excellent time management skills; have the ability to manage several different projects at the same time; have the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision; have research experience (preferably with multiple different research projects); have excellent written communication skills; and have excellent computer skills. The ideal candidate would be fluent in Spanish, have experience carrying out international field research, have training in statistics and epidemiological analysis, and have some working knowledge of enteric pathogens. The position will likely be filled by someone with a Masters degree, although candidates at other educational levels are welcome to apply.

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Job Number 24666

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Public Health

Department SPH: Environmental Health

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials., Working with radioactive materials or devices.

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