Research Specialist; School of Medicine, Pediatrics

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
SOM: Peds: Infectious Disease
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Working in a laboratory, Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.
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Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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The Logan laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine is seeking a highly motivated Research Specialist to join their team. The majority of the efforts with be dedicated to investigating the microbial characteristics and genetics of resistance in multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (primarily Enterobacterales) affecting children, healthy populations, animals, and the environment. The goal of this work is to identify community reservoirs of multi-drug resistant Enterobacterales, as infections with these organisms have continued to increase despite aggressive antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention campaigns in healthcare settings.



  • Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined research and laboratory tests and experiments according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
  • Sets up experiments as prescribed by a principal investigator.
  • May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, ordering of supplies, inventory and media preparation.
  • Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases.
  • Compiles data and records results of studies for publications, grants and seminar presentations.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.


Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator or his/her designee and in collaboration with other members of the research team, the Research Specialist I performs technical or laboratory procedures of a routine nature and carries out experiments or tests under an established research design. Principal duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Plating of specimens, isolate, identify, freeze and catalog bacteria from clinical and non-clinical specimens
  • Perform molecular microbiologic testing by PCR, gel electrophoresis and related methods
  • Preparing overnight cultures, plates, media and buffers
  • Maintain laboratory with appropriate biohazard discarding and autoclaving of reusable products
  • Enter study-related data into computer databases
  • Maintain and submit documentation of laboratory work to principal investigator or designee


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Some work experience in PCR, gel electrophoresis and DNA sequence analysis is preferable.
  • Coursework includING some microbiology and molecular laboratory components.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail essential.
  • The ability to multi-task, remaining flexible and managing time effectively.
  • Able to perform procedures requiring manual dexterity and repetitive motions.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office.
  • Able to repeat the same laboratory tests many times with accuracy and precision. 

NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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