Research Assistant

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2023
Part time / Adjunct Institutional Research & Planning

Job Description


Research Assistant

Job ID: 247305
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Part 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 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.

College/Department Information
The Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine is charged with conducting high-impact original biomedical research and translating the findings to clinical applications, and in educating future physicians and researchers. Our research addresses fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology, endocrinology, neuroscience, regenerative medicine. Collaborations have been established with clinical departments for studies that investigate various diseases including neurological diseases (stroke, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, and Guillain-Barre syndrome); psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, depression and autism); degenerative diseases (osteoporosis); cancer and endocrinological disorders.

Deak lab is searching for a motivated researcher, who will take care of our research animals (mice) in a part-time position. Job requires 18 hours per week in the laboratory with flexible schedule. Good animal handling skills and eagerness to learn PCR genotyping and behavioral assays are required. The duties include, but are not limited to:

  • He/She will provide essential assistance to Dr. Deak on routine tasks in the new laboratory in DNRM, and will be the main responsible person to maintain the mouse colony.
  • Participate in project planning and development of research protocols while insuring adherence to accepted scientific research principles and compliance with relevant federal guidelines.
  • Perform immunohistochemistry, PCR, real time PCR, western blotting, tissue culture, brain surgeries, behavioral testing and microscopic analysis.
  • Inspecting animal cages, genotyping, breeding mouse colonies and conducting animal studies including learning and memory assays in mice. Will analyze results, interpret data and confer with PI on research plans.
  • Perform all other related duties/tasks as assigned.

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 research, basic science or a clinical setting particularly clinical trials research.ORAssociate'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 research, basic science or a clinical setting particularly clinical trials research.

Preferred Qualifications
Previous experience with cell biology, molecular biology and animal behavioral assays is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to complete work and meet deadlines
  • Willingness and ability to work with research animals
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently with only general supervision
  • Strong organizational, prioritization and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Candidate should be willing to learn genotyping, PCR reactions and how to prepare primary cell cultures.
  • Expertise with Windows Office is a plus.
  • Basic computer skills and proficient in spoken and written English is a must; we use Microsoft Office in the lab. Proficient in Microsoft Word and other computer software/databases or willingness to learn.

Shift: Days/M-F (part-time)Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position Recruitment Period: 8/4/22 - Until FilledAugusta 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 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 the course of 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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