Assistant Academic Research Scientist

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Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
SOM: Medicine: Pulmonary
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
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Research in the Hecker laboratory is broadly focused on lung injury-repair responses related to fibrotic and acute lung injury in the following areas: (1) understanding how normal physiologic repair responses “go awry” in aging, (2) how this contributes to the pathogenesis of age-dependent lung diseases, and (3) the development of novel therraprutic treatments that target age-associated pathological mechanisms to ultimately promote repair.
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual that wants to join a dynamic, energetic, and highly team-oriented lab carrying out research in the areas of: Idiopathinc Lung Fibrosis (IPF), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), reactive oxygen species (ROS), aging, and drug discovery. 



  • Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Academic Research Scientist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex tasks necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs.
  • Responsible for working with experimental platforms specific to the hiring Program.
  • Duties will include but are not limited to experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation and communication of results of basic and/or translational research.
  • Will be required to review literature and apply advanced knowledge, skills, and input necessary for protocol development.
  • May assist in grant and other funding applications, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Performs other responsibilities as required.
  • Conduct research in molecular, cellular, and/or biochemical experimental biology including: Gene analysis (PCR, Realtim PCR, Microarray) protein analyses (western blotting, protein purification, immunoprecipitation), cell culture, ELISA and genetic manipulation cell lines.
  • Perform cell-based assays for oxidative stress, cell viability, senescence, apoptosis, proliferation.
  • Intellectually and technically drive research efforts by developing, optimizing and executing cellular/molecular and biochemical studies
  •  Troubleshoot protocols and develop/optimize new protocols
  • Maintain detailed records of studies conducted, organize data and prepare data for manuscript
  • Prepare technical reports and develop recommendations based upon research outcomes
  •  Assist with animal surgeries, which is a team endeavor


  • PhD or MD OR Master's degree and five years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab.
  • Internship experience or experience prior to attaining the qualifying degree is not considered eligible work experience for this job classification.
  • Laboratory experience will be based on area of assignment.



  • The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual that wants to join a team-oriented lab carrying out research in these areas. Significant prior experience with cellular/molecular biology and biochemical assay techniques is required. 
  • The ideal candidate will help to intellectually and technically drive projects, can troubleshoot effectively, and can work independently with minimal supervision and as part of the team.
  • Very strong experience with cellular/molecular biology techniques/assays
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work with a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment to accomplish goals


NOTE: Applicants applying with a M.D. or equivalent degree must be eligible for a Georgia medical license to meet the minimum qualifications.


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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