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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Research Specialist; School of Medicine - Pediatrics 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.


Located in Atlanta, Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer in children and young adults. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrows’ physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including Georgia Institute of Technology and the Georgia Research Alliance.

We are seeking a highly-motivated Research Specialist to join a team of scientists studying precision medicine in pediatric/young adult cancers. This individual will 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 perform 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. This position may require work with animals including surgical procedures. In addition, the individual will assist with lab management responsibilities such as ordering, stocking supplies, maintaining laboratory equipment and preparing reagents and solutions for the laboratory.


  • Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined research and laboratory tests and experiments according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.

  • Sets up experiments as prescribed by a principal investigator.

  • May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, ordering of supplies, inventory and media preparation.

  • Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases.

  • Compiles data and records results of studies for publications, grants and seminar presentations.

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

  • Performs related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Degree preferably in the Biological or Biochemical Sciences. Will have completed Bachelors Degree by 7/1/2023.

  • Prior research experience in molecular biology or biochemistry is preferred.

  • 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.

  • A two-year commitment is preferred.

  • Interested pursuing a PhD, MD or MD/PhD.

NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 122518

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Peds: Neuro-Oncology

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

Job Category Laboratory Research

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor