Assistant Research Scientist, Physiology

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2023
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Postdoctoral Positions

Job Description


Assistant Research Scientist, Physiology

Job ID: 262984
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Job Summary

Job ID: 262984


Position #: 20015045


The Department of Physiology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University invites applications for a non-tenure track research position as an Assistant Research Scientist. The successful candidate will join a NIH-funded project (PI, Dr. Philip O'Herron) to investigate questions of neurovascular coupling.


The Department of Physiology focuses on questions of cellular signaling, neural regulation and hormonal control in a broad range of whole animal, organ and cellular model systems of cardiovascular, endocrine and renal disease. There is a strong institutional commitment to core facilities, graduate programs and an interdisciplinary approach that promotes collaborations both within and across departmental lines.



Research - 70%
Determine how proper neuronal activity depends on functional hyperemia using state-of-the-art optogenetic and microscopic imaging (two-photon) techniques to control and measure blood flow and monitor neuronal activity, tissue oxygen, and other metabolic substrates. Relevant background experience includes: sensory encoding in neurons, neurovascular coupling, neurometabolism, glia-neuron interactions, cerebral blood flow, and techniques including two-photon imaging, in vivo electrophysiology, rodent handling/surgery, and Matlab coding.


Participate in project planning and development of research protocols and carry out experiments while ensuring adherence to accepted scientific principles and compliance with relevant federal guidelines and analyze results of experiments.


Administrative - 10%
Carry out assigned duties for maintaining supply of inventories (place orders, track orders). Assist and train other lab personnel and students, as directed by the PI.

Scholarship - 5%
Publish 1-2 first author papers a year. Present research findings at 1-2 national or local scientific meetings.

Deliver a lecture, seminar or facilitate small group sessions/journal clubs.

Research Development - 15%
Work toward the submission and attainment of extramural grants on independent research topics.




Required Qualifications

PhD in biomedical sciences, or equivalent doctoral degree, with postdoctoral training is required.


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.

Previous experience in a research laboratory.



This position is fiscal year based and works year-round.


The intended work commitment or full-time equivalent (FTE) for this position is 1.0 and considered full-time.

Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, 13 paid holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, generous retirement plans, tuition waiver, wellness options, and much more!


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.


Rank and salary are determined at the time of hire and are based on a variety of factors including but not limited to experience, education, credentials, specialty, training, etc. while also considering internal equity and market data.


Advancement through the faculty ranks including research faculty at Augusta University is only through the annual Promotion and Tenure process in which faculty may apply if eligible (typically five-year increments). For more information on ranks, please review the Augusta University Promotion and Tenure Guidelines:



College/Department Information

The Medical College of Georgia is one of the nation's largest medical schools by class size, with 260 students per class. The educational experience is anchored by the main campus in Augusta, regional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students across the state and a second four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. MCG's expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals across Georgia currently provides about 350 sites where students can experience the full spectrum of medicine, from complex care hospitals to small-town solo practices. MCG and its teaching hospitals also provide postgraduate education to more than 500 residents and fellows in 50 different Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved programs. Our researchers and clinicians focus on what most impacts the health of Georgia's and America's children and adults, including cardiovascular biology and disease, cancer, neurosciences and behavioral sciences, public and preventive health, regenerative and reparative medicine, personalized medicine and genomics. Our physician faculty also share their expertise with physicians and patients at about 100 clinics and hospitals statewide.


The Department of Physiology, in the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University has two primary missions: develop outstanding research programs and provide excellence in education. Our federally-funded scientists study some of the nation's top killers like cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and train independent, creative, productive scholars and PhD graduates, who publish in top tier journals and who are competitive for positions wherever they choose to go. The department offers programs leading to the MS and PhD degree. A combined MD/PhD or DMD/PhD degree program is available for students who obtain prior or concurrent admission to the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) or the Dental College of Georgia. In all programs, extensive experience in the philosophy and performance of basic and biomedical research is stressed. By virtue of their interdisciplinary training, the department's graduates compete successfully for positions in medical schools, universities, government and industry.


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.



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


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.



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

To be considered an applicant for this position, you must apply online at Please upload your Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement, Professional References, etc., as one document.


Other Information

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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.


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