Research Specialist

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Exec.V.P. for Health Affairs
Winship Cancer Institute
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Location : Name
Emory Hospital Midtown
Campus Location (For Posting) : Location

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


This position provides laboratory support to both the Winship Cancer Institute Cancer Tissue & Pathology Shared Resource (CTPSR) and the Clinical Trials Office (CTO). This research specialist will work in a multidisciplinary team focused on providing high quality human biological specimens for research. Under supervision will perform technical laboratory activities related to the collection, processing, storage, and distribution of human solid tissues, whole blood, and other specimens. This position will be primarily located at the Emory Midtown location and will involve teamwork with surgeons, operating room personnel, research coordinators/assistants and pathology staff to facilitate expeditious procurement, harvesting, archiving and disbursement of solid human tissue, whole blood, and other human biological specimens from the operating rooms and clinics for approved research. Will be responsible for processing hematologic patient specimens into plasma, serum, and PBMCs, and performing other study-specific procedures. Coordinates all tissue banking activities and manages and maintains the multiple databases at the site. Maintains chain of custody and follows established procedures and standards of tissue procurement to ensure productivity and quality control of tissue acquisition. Responsible for managing associated data in order to produce reliable analytical reports of specimens procured at the site. Maintain acceptable production & quality levels,and provides input and recommends alternative methods to facilitate and/or improve services to researchers. All work performed in accordance with standard operating procedures and regulatory and quality control guidelines. Must complete required training modules, demonstrate knowledge and ability to follow standard processes. Conducts and develops interpersonal relationships with professionalism and diplomacy. Follows the direction of the manager and/or directors and maintains communication regarding ongoing activities of the bank. Other duties as defined by management. Must follow work schedule as defined by management. This position will also involve some travel to other sites within the Emory system.



  • 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.


  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a life science and a strong research background.
  • Experience with gross anatomy and processing of hematological specimens is highly preferred.


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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