Research Assistant

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Apr 20, 2024
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Chemistry Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Institutional Research & Planning

Job Description


Research Assistant

Job ID: 271100
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us

Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 10,500 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Our mission and values make Augusta University an institution like no other. We are part of the University System of Georgia.


Augusta University -

Our Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information

The Georgia Cancer Center is on a mission for providing industry-leading cancer research and care that benefits patients locally and globally. Our ultimate goal is to eradicate cancer and we are proudly making progress every day. When we say patient care is a priority, we mean it. We assemble custom teams of field experts to address each individual's unique needs.


The research and innovations developed at the Georgia Cancer Center ultimately influence the global network of cancer care. Our team fights for far more than just Georgians. The learnings achieved through the care of local patients has wide-reaching implications for creating tomorrow's standard of cancer care. Through facilitating first-in-the-nation trials and growing a depth of understanding only available through a multidisciplinary approach, the Georgia Cancer Center team is equipped to deliver treatment advancements that will be applied in facilities across the world. The team offers a proving ground that paves the way for patients in other areas to have access to new options.


Job Summary

We are currently seeking talented and motivated individuals to join CAR-T core at the Georgia Cancer Center of Augusta University. The successful candidate should possess hands-on experience in oncology, cell biology and immunology, in particular TCR-T/CAR-T cell biology. The candidate will be able to contribute to the effort for developing T cell therapy platform, building and optimizing cell-based immunoassays to characterize and assess TCR-T/CAR-T cell functions. Experience with TCR-T/CAR-T cells is preferred. The candidate is expected to work in a collaborative cross-functional team environment, perform experiments, organize and analyze results, communicate effectively and present findings in team meetings.



Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:



  • Coordinate lab tasks and operations, including ordering, inventory, and other essential functions.


  • Operate routine experiments in vitro, such as cell culture, cell count, cell resuscitation and cryopreservation,


    separation of PBMC, PCR and flow cytometer, etc.


  • Performing routine vivarium procedures such as weight monitoring, tumor measurements, IP/SC injections,


    blood draws, etc.


  • Performing in vivo imaging using IVIS or similar system(s).


  • Processing of mammalian tissues and biofluids for downstream analysis.


  • Carefully record the experimental process and data and submit timely reports to supervisor.


  • Analyze, summarize, and report experimental data and relevant documents to supervisor.


  • Be able to fulfill other job-related tasks assigned by supervisor.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned and experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting particularly clinical trials research.




Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned and a minimum of three years experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting particularly clinical trials research.


Preferred Qualifications

Experienced with animal handling is preferred.


Hands-on experience working with human primary T cells and CAR T cells is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Ability to maintain confidentiality


Ability to use sound judgement and work independently


Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills


Detail-oriented with strong organizational and critical thinking skills


Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases



Shift: Days; Monday - Friday


Pay Grade: R9


Salary Minimum: $15.00 - Midpoint: $17.42


Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of the selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position

Recruitment Period: 4/18/24 - Until Filled

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!


Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.


If applicable for the specific position based on the duties: the candidate will also need to have a credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage.


Motor vehicle reports are required for positions that are required to drive an Augusta University vehicle.


For Faculty Hires: Final candidates will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.


All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.


Other Information

This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.


How To Apply

Consider applying with us today! Search Job Opening ID: 271100


Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university

Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee

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