Research Specialist, Surgical Critical Cares Initiative (SC2i)

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Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
SOM: Surgery: Transplant
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
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The Surgical Critical Cares Initiative (SC2i) team is seeking a highly experienced motivated Research Specialist to advance the research science through direct technical expertise in our Quantitative Bacteriology research lab. Improving critical-care decisions can save lives and improve recovery. SC2i processes data from participating studies at world-class civilian and military research hospitals to create clinical decision-support tools that focus clinicians on the best choices for each patient. SC2i is focused on developing, translating, and validating biology driven critical care. This model of providing individualized treatment based on the underlying biology has the potential to dramatically improve patient outcomes while reducing costs. Biology driven care enables clinicians to reliably deliver the right treatment at the right time to ensure the best potential outcome at lower cost.


This position will be primarily based at the Emory Main Campus (Woodruff Memorial Building) located in the Department of Surgery in our Quantitative Bacteriology laboratory. Employee will be expected to be in a weekend on call rotation schedule with the Emory/Grady site through the SC2i biorepository lab at the Grady hospital main campus location. These duties are such as but not limited to:

  • Performing technical essays, standardized and semi- routine chemical, biological, hematological, Immunological, Immunohemotological, microbiological and surgical test in the research and clinical laboratory. Creating human cell preparations (blood and tissue etc.) and performing a variety of assays such as molecular, biology, immunology, and microbiology.
  • Developing and performing the QuantBac assay to measure different bacterial cultures.
  • Rigorously following established GCLP and CAP standard operating procedures with great attention to detail in addition to a thorough approach of complete record and location keeping of sample origins, files, processes, procedures, SOP's and data.
  • Orienting various assays, obtaining, recording, saving, and posting data to its proper storage locations.
  • Preparing and Analyzing results in data systems inclusive to tables, figures, and calculations. Employee will also be expected to perform additional job duties, take ownership of tasks and projects while meeting appropriate deadlines.
  • Maintain a high level of productivity, communicate regularly with leadership regarding ongoing projects, provide input and recommendations to facilitate and improve the QuantBac assay.
  • In addition will be expected to perform test in one specific discipline and/ or perform selected test in multiple disciplines and actively participate in cross-training team members and be cross-trained.



  • 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.



  • Strong working knowledge and experience in QuantBac and QuantBac data.

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