Emory

  • Research Specialist, Lead

    Job Number
    20322
    Job Type
    Regular Part-Time
    Division
    School Of Medicine
    Department
    SOM: Neurology: CND
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.
    Job Category
    Laboratory
  • Description

    JOB DESCRIPTION:

    • 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.


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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

    Additonal Details

    A Lead Research Specialist position is available in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease to join a dynamic research environment that uses a wide range of techniques and technologies to study neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) pathogenesis. The successful applicant will be self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as a member of a team. Responsibilities will include assisting with the procurement and banking of human autopsy brain specimens and with distribution of tissue and biospecimens to investigators. He/she will also share responsibility for histological and immunohistochemical staining of human and rodent tissues. The successful applicant will be familiar with and train users in the proper use of shared laboratory equipment, and will share responsibility for maintaining the laboratory, including monitoring the storage and disposal of hazardous substances, ordering supplies, calibrating and performing routine repair and maintenance of equipment, interfacing with service personnel for equipment repairs, and maintaining and documenting laboratory safety standards. Upon hiring, the employee must complete the Laboratory Safety Training class and undergo immunization against potentially hazardous agents, as required by Emory University policy. Basic computer experience (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.) and strong organizational and record-keeping skills are essential. Experience with Western blotting, confocal microscopy, tissue sectioning, histology and/or immunohistochemistry is highly desirable.

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