Director of Scientific Core - Dr. Klaus Ley

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Dec 03, 2022
Full time Sciences and Technology: other Deans & Directors

Job Description


Director of Scientific Core - Dr. Klaus Ley

Augusta University

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

The Immunology Center of Georgia (IMMCG) represents a new initiative by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to leverage the ability of the immune system to combat disease. The IMMCG will accomplish this by assembling teams of biomedical researchers with strong records of scientific innovation and technological development. The IMMCG will be co-directed by world-class immunologists Drs. Catherine ‘Lynn' Hedrick and Klaus Ley, both of whom have made major discoveries linking immune cells to specific mechanisms of disease. The goal of the IMMCG is to produce novel and effective treatments for conditions that heavily impact the communities of Georgia and the United States. The new center is aggressively recruiting faculty and staff to lead projects focused on cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders, autoimmune and infectious disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Job Summary

Administrative accountability for leading, managing, developing, supervising, and evaluating all research personnel and supportive research staff. Manges and collaborates relationships with research staff to ensure professional and educational excellence in provision of quality research. Responsible for supervising, training and evaluation of supportive research staff. Collaborates with Grants/Fiscal Mangers and designees to develop and maintain a balanced budget.

Dr. Klaus Ley


The duties include, but are not limited to:

Managerial Responsibilities
Oversee postdocs and technicians involved in single cell RNA sequencing; Interface with the sequencing facility; Employee development; Interviewing candidates; Scheduling experiments; Training staff; Attending technical meetings with I Ox Genomics, BD Rhapsody and other relevant companies; Organizing the ordering of all supplies for scRNA-Seq, including: Library prep reagents, Gel beads, Antibodies, TCR and BCR kits; Manage all stocks to avoid expiration dates and maintaining the lab; Maintain inventory of all PBMC samples in LN2 dewars; Maintain inventory of CITE-Seq antibodies; Maintain inventory of reagents; Perform cost analyses of scRNA-Seq experiments; Calculate sequencing needs; Optimize use of Illumine flow cells; Maintain good communication with all lab members and Klaus

Lab Duties
Isolate PBMCs from human blood; Thaw PBMCs using established SOP; Organize cell sorting using the flow cytometry core; Sort cells as needed; Stain with hashtags, antibodies and wash appropriately; Plan all scRNA-Seq experiments; Plan all bulk RNA-Seq experiments; Measure cell number and viability; Establish all pre-sequencing quality controls; Prepare libraries for mRNA. antibodies, TCR, BCR as needed; Run Tapestation; Receive FASTQ files from sequencing.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of five years of applicable experience or completion of a PhD with a minimum of one year of applicable experience.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Ability to maintain confidentiality
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases


Shift: Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required)

Pay Grade: 25

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 everyday 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!
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