Lead Research Specialist - School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases (The Hope Clinic)

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
SOM: Medicine: Infectious Dis
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Working in a laboratory
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Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Hope Clinic

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The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center is an international Center of Excellence in clinical and translational research in infectious diseases vaccines, treatment, and prevention. The mission of the Hope Clinic is to conduct human research studies and clinical trials for infectious diseases of public health importance. The clinical studies encompass vaccines, treatments, prevention, community-based research, and laboratory-based translational human immunology.  


The Scherer Lab at Emory University (Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases) aims to understand immune mechanisms that underlie durable and protective B cell responses in order to more reliably design infectious disease vaccines that provide life-long immunity. We work with both human subjects and animal models to explore immunologic mechanisms involved in B cell memory formation. We are currently seeking a highly motivated, organized, and productive scientist to fill a Lead Research Specialist position in a growing lab. This position will perform research and assist with laboratory operation, particularly related to ongoing vaccine immunology projects. Specifically, this position will involve: conducting immunological assays and animal procedures with minimal supervision; analyzing and interpreting data and results; preparing SOPs, reports, graphs, and assay specific budgets for publication, presentations, or grants; delivering updates/presentations for internal lab meetings; training others as needed; reviewing and synthesizing literature; ordering supplies; and assisting with basic lab upkeep. It will require work with human specimens, pseudoviruses (risk group 2), mice, and cell lines. Salary will be commiserate with experience. Research experience involving cell culture, flow cytometry, high-throughput assays (i.e.,  96-well), mice handling and procedures (immunization, anesthesia, blood and tissue collection), and immunology-related projects is a preferred qualification. Successful applicants will have a the ability to work effectively with others.


The PI has an established track record of translational research in the field of viral and vaccine immunology.


The Scherer Lab is seated in Division of Infectious Diseases and Hope Clinic which provide outstanding and stimulating scientific environments with multiple supportive core facilities and shared resources. Emory University is one of the nation’s leading infectious disease and immunology research centers.



  • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.
  • Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.
  • May assist in protocol design.
  • Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.
  • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures.
  • Analyzes and interprets results of studies.
  • Demonstrates and trains others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • Calibrates, troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment.
  • Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.
  • Monitors laboratory processes to maintain quality assurance standards.
  • Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data and prepares charts and graphs.
  • Monitors the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.



  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


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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