• Human Genetics Research Specialist

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Medicine
    SOM: Hum Gen: Admin
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.
    Job Category
  • Description


    • 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.


    • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. DATE CREATED/MODIFIED/REVIEWED: 06/08/06 AMM

    Additional Details

    The laboratory of Dr. Steven Sloan at Emory University is seeking a highly motivated and capable individual to carry out lab management and experimental research. This position provides an excellent opportunity to combine technical/scientific and administrative responsibilities.  It is suited for a dedicated individual who seeks experience running a laboratory and spending time at the bench. This is a key position in the laboratory as the individual will have the primary responsibility for ensuring that the lab operates in an efficient and organized manner. Dr. Sloan’s laboratory is interested in human brain development and understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie neurodevelopmental disorders. We utilize human pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to model human nervous system development and employ a diverse range of cell culture, molecular biology, and genomic approaches. More information about the research goals of the lab can be found at www.sloanlab.org


    Working in parallel with the lab’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the research associate will independently perform experiments involved in defined research projects as assigned by Dr. Sloan. These projects will principally involve stem cell culture, cell-type isolation, and molecular techniques such as PCR, cloning, and next-gen library generation. The research associate is expected to independently conduct, analyze, and present experiments in coordination with the trainees in the laboratory.


    Prior experience with general cell/tissue culture, stem cell maintenance, molecular and cellular neurobiology, and/or programming are desired. Experience with RNA-seq is a plus. Responsibilities include designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, and ensuring the successful workflow of the lab. We are a small and collaborative lab that promotes a culture of diversity, openness, support, and career development.



    • Degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field
    • Experienced  in molecular biology or cell culture techniques
    • Highly motivated, dedicated, and independent
    • Strong team player
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • 1+ years of research experience in a specific related field


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