Research Specialist Supervisor; 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 Supervisor Research Specialist to join their team. The majority of the efforts will 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.


Independently, and in collaboration with other members of the research team, the Supervisor Research specialist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.



  • Administers research programs/studies by: hiring and supervising research personnel; participating in project planning; and developing, implementing and evaluating research protocols, techniques and procedures.
  • Supervises staff by orienting, training and providing performance feedback.
  • Provides expertise and training in methodology, basic laboratory procedures and equipment operation.
  • Prepares and monitors research related budgets.
  • Assists in developing and submitting grant proposals and in monitoring grant expenditures.
  • Advises principal investigator of changes in reporting or accounting requirements and assists researchers in meeting requirements.
  • Develops models for patents, licensing and manufacturing agreements with researchers.
  • Monitors and enforces the contracts and monetary returns for products developed through research.
  • Performs a wide range of laboratory tests, specimen preparation and experimental procedures for routine and specialized studies.
  • Selects or develops effective research methodologies.
  • Collects and analyzes results of studies and provides interpretation of results.
  • Co-authors or authors publications based on laboratory research and findings.
  • Recommends new equipment and supply purchases; investigates equipment malfunctions and schedules maintenance/repair.
  • Monitors quality control of media, reagents and cleaning procedures and addresses any problems.
  • Keeps abreast of safety procedures and 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.



Principal staff training duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Plating of specimens, isolate, identify, freeze and catalog bacteria from clinical and non-clinical specimens.
  • Molecular microbiologic testing by PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequencing platforms and related methods.
  • Preparing overnight cultures, plates, media and buffers.
  • Maintaining laboratory with appropriate biohazard discarding and autoclaving of reusable products.
  • Filtration of water and other environmental substrates, sampling methods, entering study-related data into computer databases.
  • Maintaining and submitting documentation of laboratory work to principal investigator or designee.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related science field and four years of research experience of which one year is in a supervisory role in a laboratory, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Significant work experience in bacteriology, conventional and real-time PCR, gel electrophoresis and DNA sequence analysis is preferred.
  • Coursework including microbiology and molecular laboratory components preferred.
  • Effective team management, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, remaining flexible and managing time effectively, able to perform procedures requiring manual dexterity and repetitive motions are highly valued.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures. 

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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