Research Aide - Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Nov 30, 2022
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Medicine & Dentistry Other Administrative Positions

Job Description


Research Aide

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 9,000 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.

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

College/Department Information
Researching Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke, Hypertension, Diabetes... With the increasing frequency of obesity and diabetes, especially in Georgia, cardiovascular disease is reaching epidemic proportions. The Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University knows the demand is high for new and better treatments. Our internationally recognized team of research experts have one goal - to make breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of disease so that we all may live longer, healthier lives.

Job Summary
Position entails a number of tasks to maintain a clean and tidy lab environment, as well as smooth operational running of lab. The latter involves carrying out tasks under the direct supervision of a Lab Manager. These tasks run the gamut of picking up and delivering research packages to making simple solutions and stocking the laboratory with essential items for experiments to be properly carried out. The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of this job. The job does not require the actual hands-on running of experiments.

The duties include, but are not limited to:

Lab Orders:Picking up lab orders from main office or hospital and notifying the lab of specific deliveries so research experiments are done in a timely manner. Working with administrative office, resolves discrepancies in orders and follows up on incorrect orders. Working with Lab Manager, select inventory high-volume items and forward for ordering.

Culture Room Maintenance:Daily tissue culture room maintenance including discard of old media, wiping down benches, checking power for all equipment and ensuring microscope lamp is not left on; inventory and stocking of cell culture room

Fill Liquid Nitrogen:Fill liquid nitrogen dewars on a weekly basis arid provide support for lab members with dry ice and liquid nitrogen in smaller dewars, as needed.

Lab Point of Contact:Be point person for all equipment repairs or scheduled performance maintenance visits and coordinate with lab members; as needed. Contact person for hazardous waste pickups.

Maintain Database:Maintain up-to-date databases of chemicals, oligos, plasmids, antibodies and worksheets, and cell lines among others.

Assist Histology Core:Assistance in histology core to clean stainer, processor, scrape paraffin, clean embedding station.

Maintain Clean Lab:Maintaining clean lab benches, changing bench paper, dusting and wiping down equipment, checking power status for all equipment, and ensuring critical research items are not left on benches before leaving home.

Cleaning Equipment:Taking glassware for washing downstairs and picking up at end of day. Organizing glassware and chemicals and books on shelves. Cleaning centrifuges and water baths; ensure all small equipment is wiped cleaned daily from inside and out.

Stocking and Autoclave:Filling tip boxes and tube containers and taking downstairs for autoclaving/pickup and stocking as appropriate. Filling flasks with broth and plates with agar for autoclaving and stocking. Ensuring all such reagents are dated and kept well-stocked for lab use.

Organizing Freezers and Refrigerators:Organizing freezers and refrigerators, alerting lab members as to things that need discarding (old media, cells, etc) and scraping/thawing -20 and -80 freezers to minimize frost/snow buildup inside. Ensure labels on all refrigerator/freezers are updated.

Other Duties:Perform all other related duties/tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications
High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent from a State or Federal accrediting organization.

Preferred Qualifications
Good oral and written communication skills. Good organizational skills, detail-oriented;Experience in a laboratory setting is desirable, but not necessary

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Willingness and ability to work as a team member in a moderately sized lab
Ability to maintain confidentiality; follow directions; and complete work and to meet deadlines

Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases or willingness to learn

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Detail-oriented with strong organizational an prioritization skills

Shift:Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required)
Pay Grade: R6
Salary: $15.00/hour - $15.38/hour
Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position
Recruitment Period: 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.
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
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Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university
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