Senior Research Associate

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7235108 (Ref:ej-5159813)

Posted: April 5, 2024

Job Description

Senior Research Associate

Job ID: 270631
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us

Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 10,500 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Our mission and values make Augusta University an institution like no other. We are part of the University System of Georgia.


Augusta University -

Our Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

Our Summerville Campus: 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904

College/Department Information

The Medical College of Georgia is one of the nation's largest medical schools by class size, with 260 students per class. The educational experience is anchored by the main campus in Augusta, regional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students across the state and a second four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. MCG's expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals across Georgia currently provides about 350 sites where students can experience the full spectrum of medicine, from complex care hospitals to small-town solo practices. MCG and its teaching hospitals also provide postgraduate education to more than 500 residents and fellows in 50 different Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved programs. Our researchers and clinicians focus on what most impacts the health of Georgia's and America's children and adults, including cardiovascular biology and disease, cancer, neurosciences and behavioral sciences, public and preventive health, regenerative and reparative medicine, personalized medicine and genomics. Our physician faculty also share their expertise with physicians and patients at about 100 clinics and hospitals statewide.

Job Summary

The Senior Research Associate will work independently under the direction of the PI and will be expected to conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular and clinical genetics, stem cells, hepatobiliary cancer, hepatitis B virus, including engaging in collaborative projects. This position will help train and provide supervision to the postdocs, students and technical staff and will carry out research projects independently; design and execute research experiments, perform data analysis, write manuscripts, and publish results. The Senior Research Associate will partner with the Pl on intramural and extramural grant applications. Other duties as assigned.


The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Independently design, plan, conduct and execute highly specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols and procedures and in some cases designing new protocols, analyzing, critically review resulting data and documenting resulting data, developing manuscripts and grant proposals, and presenting findings in a clear and concise manner will be among the principle responsibilities of this position.
  • Project planning and associated documentation.
  • Research new methods and may directly supervise the work of others in the group and/or across interdisciplinary teams. Supervise other personnel in the laboratory to coordinate research efforts for increased efficiency; participate in training of fellows, residents, students, and volunteer workers as needed.
  • Will work with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) materials, chemical reagents, and organisms such as viruses, bacteria and/or human clinical matrices (e.g. serum and plasma).
  • Will work with non-human primates such as mice and rats.
  • Perform all other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned and two years of experience in research, basic science or clinical laboratory, particularly clinical trial research.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned with a minimum of five years research and/or clinical experience; previous supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience

Experience in a wide-variety of molecular biology, and biochemical methods for nucleic acid, protein analysis and manipulation.

Experience in analytical methods and detailed quantitative analysis for characterization of nucleic acids and proteins including but not limited to proteomics, metabolomics

Experience in cell biology, tissue culture, primary cell isolation and culture, stem cells and handling of viruses

Experience in working with non-human primates such as mice and rats

Experience in gene editing, genetic engineering, and molecular cloning methods, including but not limited to CRISPR/Cas9 / viral/non-viral vector based transfection/transduction systems.

Demonstrated ability to work independently, design experiments, analyze resulting data, document results, generate hypotheses for manuscripts and grants, write and develop manuscripts and grant proposals

Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background

Demonstrated ability to independently design and execute project planning, organization, troubleshooting, optimization and validation of experiments

A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task in an environment with changing priorities

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases

Detail-oriented with strong organizational, prioritization and multi-tasking skills


Pay Grade: R15

Salary: $38,913 - $53,206

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of the selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position

Recruitment Period: 4/4/24 - Until Filled

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

If applicable for the specific position based on the duties: the candidate will also need to have a credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage.

Motor vehicle reports are required for positions that are required to drive an Augusta University vehicle.

For Faculty Hires: Final candidates will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information

This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply

Consider applying with us today! Search Job Opening ID: 270631

Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university

Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee

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Job posting number:#7235108 (Ref:ej-5159813)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Augusta University
United States
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